Wunderkind Nikolai Grozni

ISBN: 9781985915206

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289 pages


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Wunderkind  by  Nikolai Grozni

Wunderkind by Nikolai Grozni
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In his dazzling first novel Wunderkind, Nikolai Grozni, author of the acclaimed memoir Turtle Feet, offers an exquisitely observed, tragicomic glimpse behind the Iron Curtain at the tail end of the Cold War. Brash, brilliant fifteen-year-oldMoreIn his dazzling first novel Wunderkind, Nikolai Grozni, author of the acclaimed memoir Turtle Feet, offers an exquisitely observed, tragicomic glimpse behind the Iron Curtain at the tail end of the Cold War. Brash, brilliant fifteen-year-old Konstantin is a world-class pianist of exceptional sensitivity whose propulsive rage at Soviet oppression threatens to destroy him.

At once intelligent and arrogant, funny and despairing, compassionate and cruel, he exults in his rebellions: drinking and smoking at school, having careless sex while pining for a mercurial violin virtuoso, and mocking Party pomp and ceremony. Through it all, Konstantin plays the piano with transporting passion. The instrument is both his refuge and the thing tethering him to a world he cannot abide—and, if he can avoid getting kicked out of school, it could also be his chance to escape.

Increasingly desperate and reckless, Konstantin struggles toward adulthood in a society where expression of any kind can come at terrible cost.Like Gary Shteyngart and Jonathan Safran Foer, Grozni—himself a native of Bulgaria who was a world-class pianist in his youth—sets an electrifying portrait of youthful longing and anxiety against a backdrop of tumultuous, historic world events.

Hypnotic and headlong, Wunderkind ’s brilliant marriage of eloquent adolescent turmoil and rage over government and social oppression makes for a newly urgent portrait of Soviet society.



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