|Author: Nikolai Grozni|
From the Publisher:
Now in paperback, ?Wunderkind 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? (Patti Smith).Brash, brilliant fifteen-year-old Konstantin is a world-class pianist of exceptional sensitivity whose 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 in the attic of the music school, having careless sex with different girls while pining for a mercurial violin virtuoso, and refusing to participate in 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 the totalitarian regime. 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, Nikolai 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 the bleak Soviet landscape of fear, surveillance, and scarcity.