The Chosen Maiden

The Chosen Maiden

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"The passionate, sweeping story of Bronia, an extraordinary ballerina forever in the shadow of the legendary Nijinsky--Russia's greatest dancer and her older brother. Born on the road to dancer parents, the Nijinsky children seem destined for the stage. Vaslav is an early prodigy, and through single-minded pursuit will grow into arguably the greatest--and most infamous--Russian ballet dancer of the 20th century. His talented younger sister Bronia, however, also longs to dance. Overshadowed by Vaslav, plagued by a body deemed less than ideal and struggling against the constraints of her gender, Bronia will have to work triply hard to prove herself worthy. Bronia's stunning discipline and mesmerizing talent will eventually elevate her to the highest stage in Russia: the prestigious, old-world Mariinsky Ballet. But as the First World War rages, revolution sparks in Russia. In her politics, love life and career, Bronia will be forced to confront the choice between old and new; traditional and groundbreaking; safe and passionate. Through gorgeous and graceful prose, readers will be swept from St. Petersburg and Kiev to London and Paris and plunged into the tumultuous world of modern art. Against the fascinating and tragic backdrop of early 20th century Europe, and surrounded by legends like Anna Pavlova, Coco Chanel, Serge Diaghilev and Pablo Picasso, Bronia must come into her own--as a dancer, mother and revolutionary--in a world that only wishes to see her fall."--
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780385678568
Characteristics: 412 pages ;,24 cm.


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Sep 19, 2018

Pa de deux, pointe work, fouette, entre...
The whole book is filled with ballet terms. What is understandable, based on its content. Y for someone it could be interesting. But I was a little bored.
Author kind of skips something important, she describes some facts from lives of characters but doesn't go into depths of emotional experiences. Like she's trying to fit fast all facts of life into one book. But the attempt remained just an attempt.
But thanks to this book , I began to search for more information about Nijinsky family, and this search was interesting.

SPL_Brittany Nov 02, 2017

A sweeping tale set during a tumultuous era of Russian and European history all seen through the eyes of Bronislava Ninjinska, the younger sister of famous ballet dancer Vaslav Ninjinsky. Talented in her own right as both a ballet dancer and choreographer, this novel looks at the dreams, struggles, hopes and realities of ballet dancers during this time period through Bronia's experiences. Stachniack again proves her prowess as a historical fiction writer, giving the reader a well researched time period that brings to life the dangerous and unstable political, social and economic climate during the Bolshevik revolution, the first world war, its aftermath and the cusp of the second world war. An enjoyable read for historical fiction fans who enjoy this time period as well as those who have an interest in ballet or Russian history.

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