The Little Communist Who Never Smiled

The Little Communist Who Never Smiled

eBook - 2016
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An award-winning novel powerfully re-imagines a childhood in the spotlight of history, politics, and destiny. Montreal 1976. A fourteen-year-old girl steps out onto the floor of the Montreal Forum and into history. Twenty seconds on uneven bars is all it takes for Nadia Comaneci, the slight, unsmiling child from Communist Romania, to etch herself into the collective memory. The electronic scoreboard, astonishing spectators with what has happened, shows 1.0. The judges have awarded an unprecedented perfect ten, the first in Olympic gymnastics, though the scoreboard is unable to register anything higher than 9.9. In The Little Communist Who Never Smiled , Lola Lafon tells the story of Comaneci's journey from growing up in rural Romania to her eventual defection to the United States in 1989. Adored by young girls in the west and appropriated as a political emblem by the Ceausescu regime, Comaneci's life was scrutinized wherever she went. Lafon's fictionalized account shows how a single athletic event mesmerizes the world and reverberates across nations.

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Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, 2016
Edition: Seven Stories Press First edition
ISBN: 9781609806927
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Sep 16, 2016

I was a young girl at the time of the 1976 Olympics, and remember so clearly the Nadia mania. For me, this book did not capture the feeling of that era, and the story of her experiences in the succeeding years was incoherent at best.


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