is a gift for all the senses. Nikolai Grozni’s shimmering, visceral prose unfurls like music, as if a baby grand served as his infernal typewriter.”
—Patti Smith, bestselling author of Just Kids
“With heartbreaking insight, Wunderkind portrays the searing brutalities of life in Communist Eastern Europe—and the power of music to provide solace and redemption. I found myself astonished, amazed, and moved by this remarkable novel.”
—Lauren Belfer, bestselling author of City of Light and A Fierce Radiance
“Nikolai Grozni’s Wunderkind is an elegant, graceful novel that captures not only the power and beauty of music, but the stifling oppression of life in a totalitarian state. The novel sings and howls, and in its finest moments, takes the reader’s breath away.”
—Dinaw Mengestu, author of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
“Shrewd, rhapsodic, Nikolai Grozni’s Wunderkind fuses high romanticism with sinister, hard-edged humor. A love-hate letter to a Bulgaria that no longer exists, it contains some of the most vivid, celebratory writing about music I’ve ever read.”
—Zachary Lazar, author of Sway
“In this fine portrait of a suffocating society, what are especially remarkable is the vitality—Konstantin is a rebel with a cause, his anger contagious—and the way Grozni writes about music. Rapturous and insightful . . . passages [are] a real adrenaline rush. . . . [T]his passionate novel should be pushed on anyone interested in music, politics, or energized coming-of-age tales.”
“Grozni's writing is colorful and strong.”
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About the Author
Bulgarian-born American writer. Grozni wrote his first book, the acclaimed memoir Turtle Feet
, 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.