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- Description<b>Now in paperback, <i>Wunderkind</i> is a gift for all the senses. Nikolai Grozni's shimmering, visual, and visceral prose unfurls like music, as if a baby grand served as his infernal typewriter </b> (<b>Patti Smith).</b> Fifteen-year-old Konstantin is a brash, brilliant pianist of exceptional sensitivity in the bleak and controlled environment of Sofia, Bulgaria, in the 1980s, struggling toward adulthood in a society where honest expression often comes at a terrible cost. Confined to the militaristic Music School for the Gifted for most of each day and a good part of the night, Konstantin exults in his small rebellions--smoking, drinking, and mocking Party pomp and cant at every opportunity. Through it all, Konstantin plays the pia with inflamed passion, transported by unparalleled explorations of Chopin, Debussy, and Bach, even as he is cursed by his teachers' numbing efforts at mind control. Hyptic and headlong, <i>Wunderkind</i>'s dazzling portrait of youthful turmoil gives us a stunningly urgent, exquisitely observed, and wonderfully tragicomic glimpse behind the Iron Curtain at the very end of the Cold War while reminding us of the sometimes life-saving grace of great music.
- Author Biography<b>Nikolai Grozni </b>is a<b></b>Bulgarian-born American writer. Grozni wrote his first book, the acclaimed memoir <i>Turtle Feet</i>, while living in India, where he spent four years as a Buddhist monk. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Brown University. He lives with his wife, the author Danielle Trussoni, and their children in France.
- Author(s)Nikolai Grozni
- PublisherSimon & Schuster
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSimon & Schuster
- Weight272 g
- Width141 mm
- Height215 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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