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Grozdinski, Nikolaĭ

Works: 12 works in 36 publications in 6 languages and 781 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  Historical fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Literature  Short stories  Periodicals 
Roles: Author
Classifications: BQ960.R645, 294.3657092
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Most widely held works about Nikolaĭ Grozdinski
Most widely held works by Nikolaĭ Grozdinski
Wunderkind : a novel by Nikolaĭ Grozdinski( Book )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life in Sofia, Bulgaria, in the late 1980s is bleak and controlled. The oppressive Communist regime bears down on all aspects of people's lives much like the granite sky overhead. In the crumbling old building that hosts the Sofia Music School for the Gifted, inflexible and unsentimental apparatchiks drill the students like soldiers'as if the music they are teaching did not have the power to set these young souls on fire. Fifteen-year-old Konstantin is a brash, brilliant pianist of exceptional sensitivity, struggling toward adulthood in a society where honest expression often comes at a terrible cost. Confined to the Music School for most of each day and a good part of the night, Konstantin exults in his small rebellions'smoking, drinking, and mocking Party pomp and cant at every opportunity. Intelligent and arrogant, funny and despairing, compassionate and cruel, he is driven simultaneously by a desire to be the best and an almost irresistible urge to fail. His isolation, buttressed by the grim conventions of a loveless society, prevents him from getting close to the mercurial violin virtuoso Irina, but also from understanding himself. Through it all, Konstantin plays the piano with inflamed passion: he is transported by unparalleled explorations of Chopin, Debussy, and Bach, even as he is cursed by his teachers' numbing efforts at mind control. Each challenging piano piece takes on a life of its own, engendering exquisite new revelations. A refuge from a reality Konstantin detests, the piano is also what tethers him to it. Yet if he can only truly master this grandest of instruments'as well as his own self-destructive urges'it might just secure his passage out of this broken country. Nikolai Grozni'himself a native of Bulgaria and a world-class pianist in his youth'sets this electrifying portrait of adolescent longing and anxiety against a backdrop of tumultuous, historic world events. Hypnotic and headlong, Wunderkind gives us a stunningly urgent, acutely observed, and wonderfully tragicomic glimpse behind the Iron Curtain at the very end of the Cold War, reminding us of the sometimes life-saving grace of great music
Jóvenes talentos by Nikolaĭ Grozdinski( )

4 editions published in 2012 in Spanish and English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En Sofía, Bulgaria, a finales de los ochenta, la vida bajo el anquilosado régimen comunista no puede ser más lúgubre. En el viejo edificio de la Escuela de Música para Jóvenes Talentos, la mayoría de los profesores trata a sus alumnos como si la música que les enseñan no tuviera ningún poder para conmoverlos. Konstantin, un pianista de quince años y talento excepcional, confinado en la escuela durante la mayor parte del día, no pierde ninguna oportunidad de manifestar su rebeldía. Inteligente y arrogante, se debate entre el deseo de sobresalir y el de fracasar estrepitosamente. Pese a todo, interpreta apasionadamente a los grandes maestros. El aprendizaje de cada pieza es un nuevo reto que le revela exquisitos matices y el piano, un refugio de la realidad, pero también la cadena que lo mantiene unido a ella y que quizá pueda sacarlo del país
Ni︠a︡koĭ omagosa bitieto by Nikolaĭ Grozdinski( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in Bulgarian and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Da podremnesh v skuta na goli︠a︡mata ednakvost by Nikolaĭ Grozdinski( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in Bulgarian and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vunderkind by Nikolaĭ Grozdinski( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in Bulgarian and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Turtle feet : the making and unmaking of a Buddhist monk by Nikolaĭ Grozdinski( )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in Undetermined and English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A brilliantly colorful memoir of becoming a monk and a young man's spiritual - and not-so-spiritual journey in India. Nikolai Grozni, a Boston jazz piano prodigy struck by spiritual ennui, suddenly abandoned 15 years of music studies to seek out the Dalai Lama's university in India, where he began his quest for the ultimate truth. Instead of finding answers, Grozni fell in with an unusual cast of characters, and struggled with Buddhist logic and with the many small challenges to life as a monk in a community of Tibetan refugees. Turtle Feet is his bittersweet and funny memoir about the search for higher power, and the discovery of oneself amidst teeming, chaotic, and glorious humanity
Tin House by Win McCormack( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

From the website: "The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience," Emily Dickinson wrote. Not a shocking sentiment, coming from a hermetic poet. However, in this modern age, the notion of leaving the soul ajar seems nearly impossible. Yet, as you'll find in this issue, the human desire for ecstasy, of all sorts, is hardwired into our brains. For some, like Kelly Link, transcendence is found in the fantastic. It is classical music that delivers the hero in the excerpt from Nikolai Grozni's novel Wunderkind, whereas poet Kevin Young locates the soul in the heart of soul music. Kung fu is the path for a chosen few in Oliver Broudy's profile of a master and his students. Elissa Schappell discovered the ecstatic when she began having temporal lobe seizures. And while François Villon is delirious over dancing and women, modern poets like Meghan O'Rourke, Matthew Zapruder, and Alex Dimitrov tackle on wine, sex, and religion. So open the Ecstatic issue, open your mind, and remain open
Klaustrofobii by Nikolaĭ Grozdinski( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in Bulgarian and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Zhitii︠a︡ na bezdelnit︠s︡i i propadnali mistit︠s︡i by Nikolaĭ Grozdinski( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in Bulgarian and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Zhitiia na bezdelnici i propadnali mistici by Nikolaĭ Grozdinski( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in Bulgarian and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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1 edition published in 2014 in Korean and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Wunderkind by Nikolaĭ Grozdinski( Recording )

1 edition published in 2012 in Swedish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Wunderkind : a novel
Alternative Names
Grozdinsk, Nikolay

Grozdinsk, Nikolay 1973-

Grozdinski, Nikolaĭ, 1973-

Grozdinski, Nikolaj 1973-

Grozdinski, Nikolaj Lǎčezarov 1973-

Grozni, Nikolai

Grozni, Nikolai 1973-

Nikolai Grozni

Nikolai Grozni Bulgarian novelist

Nikolai Grozni novelista búlgaro

Nikolai Grozni romancier bulgare

Nikolai Grozni romanschrijver uit Bulgarije

Nikolaj Grozni

Гроздински, Николай.

Гроздински, Николай, 1973-

그로츠니, 니콜라이 1973-