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!FREE E-PUB ♌ Вундеркинд ♌ , This is a phenomenal book It captures the atmosphere of 1980 s Sofia brilliantly The sky over Sofia is made of granite It is gray in the morning, grayer in the afternoon, and black at night black, but with a faint ruby glow, its hard, grainy surface ignited by blinking traffic lights, brightly lit streetcars, restless apartment buildings, television sets, neon signs, by iridescent Russian soldiers cast in bronze and the red dreams of fat apparatchiks sleepwalking through the collected works This is a phenomenal book It captures the atmosphere of 1980 s Sofia brilliantly The sky over Sofia is made of granite It is gray in the morning, grayer in the afternoon, and black at night black, but with a faint ruby glow, its hard, grainy surface ignited by blinking traffic lights, brightly lit streetcars, restless apartment buildings, television sets, neon signs, by iridescent Russian soldiers cast in bronze and the red dreams of fat apparatchiks sleepwalking through the collected works of V.I Lenin It s not so different here now, although we are mostly minus Lenin It s not an easy book to read, as the semi autobiographical hero is bent on a course of self destruction, and the world he lives in is almost without grace or redemption But still, there are moments of beauty captured in the descriptions of the music, and it is a must read for people interested in the Balkans It reflects better than anything I ve read the strain of living with the lies and contradictions of authoritarian regimes I would have given it 5 stars, but I felt it wobbled a little at the end I d give it another 1 2 star, if I could, for the beautiful language, especially considering the author wrote it in English it s not a translation Really worth it This book was pretty grim It depicts a communist run music school for truly talented prot g s a few years before the Berlin wall came down and subsequently communism Our hero is an extremely talented pianist who is just tired Tired of being repressed and forced to be what others expect of him instead of being free to explore the music as it speaks to him Given I attended a boarding school I actually lived at home as I was only a few miles from campus I can say he got the atmosphere perfect This book was pretty grim It depicts a communist run music school for truly talented prot g s a few years before the Berlin wall came down and subsequently communism Our hero is an extremely talented pianist who is just tired Tired of being repressed and forced to be what others expect of him instead of being free to explore the music as it speaks to him Given I attended a boarding school I actually lived at home as I was only a few miles from campus I can say he got the atmosphere perfect in this book All the smoking, drinking, and every opportunity for sexual relations is exactly what goes on when you separate a bunch of coming of age teenagers from any parental controls.But if that was what this book was about I wouldn t recommend it I would go with Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld excellent book because it is only passable at being entertaining on that topic Accurate yet average.What this book really does well, and why I am giving it a 4 star rating, is breakdown exactly what it is like to live in an oppressive society To want freedom, to want to just explode out of your bonds and just live Wunderkind lays this out with perfection In every failed society you can trace it back to one individual or one common thought philosophy that must destroy all others who vie for the masses attention If it didn t then it would ultimately be swallowed up and forgotten So it fights these encroachers anyway it can, usually by coercion and oppression When maintaining status quo becomesimportant than excellence, and that is the end of your society Unfortunately the lowest forms of the society quickly figure out the system and use that knowledge to obtain power That ever so small slice of power they are given is used to insure they never lose it, usually at all costs They physically and mentally beat down all those around them Wunderkind is a statement on all of communism and its failures brilliantly told through the microcosm of a music school in Bulgaria Once you see it here you can then turn around a review your own life You will be amazed at how many similarities you can find, especially those who only want to oppress to hold on to their own little perceived kingdoms It also does an excellent job of depicting what it means to be enmeshed in something, anything To hear the hero talk about music is astonishing For me it opened my eyes to how much could be found in this pursuit, and then consequently I asked myself how much of my life was reduced to quick dips in the shallow end of the pool Anotherwords, I realized how much I don t know about anything because I give up to soon now I wonder if I will always cry while listening to Bach s sonata n.5Perfect timing for this book. The author uses a perfectly balanced combination of memories, colors, and sounds to make you feel truly connected to every moment the characters experience As the story goes on, there are unending tragedies that feed into the memories that are inspired by some of the best works of classical composers, such as Chopin and Rachmaninov The unspoken power of the passion these children hide in their bones, hidden away from even themselves and only brought to light when their spirits have nothing lef The author uses a perfectly balanced combination of memories, colors, and sounds to make you feel truly connected to every moment the characters experience As the story goes on, there are unending tragedies that feed into the memories that are inspired by some of the best works of classical composers, such as Chopin and Rachmaninov The unspoken power of the passion these children hide in their bones, hidden away from even themselves and only brought to light when their spirits have nothing left to offer This story goes to show that talent is truly about dedication and hard work, alongside valuable sacrifices Behind the face of war, hatred, and abuse, is where these simple minded children find it easiest to invest in a future they have no hope of reaching Blind trust stems from the most hidden part of their mind and sprouts through their fingertips The Holden Caulfield of post 1980s Sofia, Bulgaria, is a gifted pianist rebelling against a system that both supports and suffocates him The strong memoir aspect of the writing makes the storyintense, but it is the writing about piano music that makes it the best I ve ever read It may be difficult to write about music, but he does it in such a way that I instantly identified with his descriptions I have amodest piano background Art vs Life Art may be greater, but it is still s The Holden Caulfield of post 1980s Sofia, Bulgaria, is a gifted pianist rebelling against a system that both supports and suffocates him The strong memoir aspect of the writing makes the storyintense, but it is the writing about piano music that makes it the best I ve ever read It may be difficult to write about music, but he does it in such a way that I instantly identified with his descriptions I have amodest piano background Art vs Life Art may be greater, but it is still subject to the laws of physics and politics The last 100 pages were the best out of the 320 Probably would have enjoyed itif I was a pianist Or knew how to read music sheets Or knew anything about music at all.90% bought it for the book cover 10% because 80 s and history is fun This is a debut novel that is absolutely mesmerizing The author of this magical story is a very accomplished memoirist who has been heralded by the New York Times Book Review for his Editor s Choice Pick, Turtle Feet But in this, his first foray into the world of fiction, Nikolai Grozni offers a captivating story that will have readers calling out for his next book The narrator of our novel is a fifteen year old young man by the name of Konstantin, and to say this boy has talent would be an u This is a debut novel that is absolutely mesmerizing The author of this magical story is a very accomplished memoirist who has been heralded by the New York Times Book Review for his Editor s Choice Pick, Turtle Feet But in this, his first foray into the world of fiction, Nikolai Grozni offers a captivating story that will have readers calling out for his next book The narrator of our novel is a fifteen year old young man by the name of Konstantin, and to say this boy has talent would be an understatement In fact, Konstantin is brilliant and he knows it as he creates music as lovingly and artfully as Michelangelo did when sculpting his David But Konstantin is experiencing many difficult issues in his life He has been literally confined to the Music School, and is reacting substantially to the issues involving his country and his government It is Sofia, Bulgaria in the late 1980 s and the communist regime is absolutely brutal They re also the ones who run the Sofia Music School for the Gifted where Konstantin lives The school is run with the same iron fist that the rest of Sofia is run by these people are unmerciful, unbending, and completely rigid to the children, causing some to end up despising the music that d once made them happy Konstantin is a rebel Smoking, drinking, partying he simply can not stand living under the brutality and oppressiveness that communism has caused in his life Although the depression, despair, and fear exist in Konstantin s heart and soul, his outward behavior is that of pure arrogance, which not only hurts him in school, but also makes it impossible for him to get close to the one person who he cares for deep inside his soul Irina a lovely girl whose violin is her only saving grace The one thing that Konstantin can always count on is his piano An extremely talented musician, the passion and drive he has for piano playing is the only thing that makes his world possible to live in, and also gives Konstantin the opportunity to get out of the country and out from under his own self destructiveness in order to have a life and secure a blessed future Each and every page of this book is remarkable The author has done a superb job of structuring each chapter so that it relies upon a piece of music In fact, it is so well done that it feels as if you re reading not a novel but a tribute to the world of music This man s life may have started out as a horror show but, through music, became a true and utter gift A literary triumph This in depth and highly emotional look at life behind the Iron Curtain for a piano prodigy is beyond outstanding, and one readers will never forget Nikolai Grozni s book Wunderkind was a terrifying reading experience It was also disturbing, sad, embarrassing A few times I had to put it down and walk away It was quite literally making me sick.It is also absolutely spectacular.Wunderkind is an autobiographical novel about a piano student at the Sofia Music School for the Gifted in the last couple of years of communism Konstantin and his friends are bright, passionate, talented and that makes them everything that the regime does not need t Nikolai Grozni s book Wunderkind was a terrifying reading experience It was also disturbing, sad, embarrassing A few times I had to put it down and walk away It was quite literally making me sick.It is also absolutely spectacular.Wunderkind is an autobiographical novel about a piano student at the Sofia Music School for the Gifted in the last couple of years of communism Konstantin and his friends are bright, passionate, talented and that makes them everything that the regime does not need them to be Young hearts and minds are treated as criminals for wanting to be free and inspired Ideas are crushed Brains are washed Hopes and dreams are laughed upon Full review here The narrator of Wunderkind , Konstantin, is memorable not only for his bad attitude, but for the total immersion of his life in music Everything reminds him of a particular piano interlude every piece of music contains an intimate, detailed, vast, and deep communication with the universe Like most adolescents, he is a hopeless romantic, seeing clearly and sarcastically the faults and shortcomings of society and those who give it structure and meaning, including himself His musical analogies The narrator of Wunderkind , Konstantin, is memorable not only for his bad attitude, but for the total immersion of his life in music Everything reminds him of a particular piano interlude every piece of music contains an intimate, detailed, vast, and deep communication with the universe Like most adolescents, he is a hopeless romantic, seeing clearly and sarcastically the faults and shortcomings of society and those who give it structure and meaning, including himself His musical analogies make beautiful sense, even to someone like me without a working knowledge of the composers he references.Is it possible to have a civilized society that has a tolerance for ambiguity and anarchy This is the universal cry of disaffected youth Have the grown ups messed up You betcha Mistakes are always and forever made Some can conform, wholly or partially, in order to survive while dreaming of eventually finding a time and place to thrive But some cannot fit into any of the places they are assigned Estranged, left dangling in a perpetual present, all that holds their lives together here is music It is not always enough.The setting is 1980 s Sofia, Bulgaria, a place that has been continuously both influenced and occupied by outsiders There is repression, demand for conformity and obdience, a grey weariness that hovers over everything Konstantin simmers, staggers, fights, withdraws, and literally goes underground Evil always comes with a golden system of ethics.There aren t different systems of control There s only one It just keeps changing names Life and the future are in a holding pattern, always unclear But for Konstantin, and for much of Sofia, it seems, music at least still promises, if only temporarily, a different and a better world