Nine Rabbits By Virginia Zaharieva Angela Rodel Nine Rabbits Zaharieva packs several genres into one including but not limited to pastoral idyll sexual coming of age story and feminist memoir Ultimately she presents life in all its messiness and possibility
Nine Rabbits By Virginia Zaharieva Angela Rodel Zaharieva packs several genres into one, including but not limited to pastoral idyll, sexual coming of age story, and feminist memoir Ultimately, she presents life in all its messiness and possibility, vivid enough for the reader to almost taste Publishers Weekly A remarkable, untraditional novel about a universal story one woman s quest to create and maintain her o Zaharieva packs several genres into one, including but not limited to pastoral idyll, sexual coming of age story, and feminist memoir Ultimately, she presents life in all its messiness and possibility, vivid enough for the reader to almost taste Publishers Weekly A remarkable, untraditional novel about a universal story one woman s quest to create and maintain her own identity Told through a series of beautifully written short chapters, Nine Rabbits is a moving tale of one woman s struggle to identify not as one part of herself, but as a whole, complex being While the novel certainly addresses some heavy topics, Zaharieva moves through each scene with the ease of an old friend sharing stories over a long, boozy dinner, making Nine Rabbits read like a memoir than a novel, and making Manda seem less like a character and like the fully realized woman she strives to be Cedar Rapids Gazette I know of few books that explore the workings of psychological and cultural legacies as fearlessly The boldness of Nine Rabbits is expressed in its narrative virtuosity as well, for it blends memoir, recipes, alternative endings, references to popular Western culture, koans, dreams, diary entries and verse Rob Neufeld, The Asheville Citizen Times One moment there is past tense prose and the next we meet the startling present in poetry, stream of consciousness, and the most well timed recipes ever to grace a novel Zaharieva s prose reads like a reverie and translator Angela Rodel maintains authenticity with her mastery of slang equivalents, partly responsible for the total lack of boundaries between page and reader We are under the waves with Manda, from beginning to end, unable to separate ourselves from her clear, brutal vision of the Great Experiment of her life Curbside Splendor Lyrical and magicalFilled with nostalgia, the novel s recipes beg to be made Eccentric instructions and all Pop Break Gutsy, fresh and vivid, this story of one woman s brave quest through life will take you on a wild ride Kapka Kassabova, author of Street Without a Name and Twelve Minutes of LoveI turned up in the seaside town of Nesebar an inconvenient four year old grandchild, just as my grandmother was raising the last two of her six children, putting the finishing touches on the house, ordering the workmen around and doing some of the construction work herself thank God for that, because at least it used up some of her monstrous energy Otherwise who knows what would ve become of me.In Bulgaria during the height of communism in the 1960s, six year old Manda survives her cruel grandmother and rural poverty by finding sheer delight in the world plump vegetables, garden gnomes, and darkened attic corners The young Manda endures severe beatings, seemingly indestructible But as a middle aged artist in newly democratic Bulgaria, she desperately tries to feed her damaged soul with intrepid creativity and humor.Virginia Zaharieva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1959 She is a writer, psychotherapist, feminist, and mother Her novel Nine Rabbits is among the most celebrated Bulgarian books to appear over the past two decades and the first of Zaharieva s work made available in North America.Angela Rodel is an award winning translator.
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