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The little communist who never smiled : a novel

Author: Lola Lafon; Nick Caistor
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First North American editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lafon, Lola, 1974-
Little communist who never smiled.
New York : Seven Stories Press, 2016
(DLC) 2016019511
Named Person: Nadia Comăneci; Nadia Comăneci
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lola Lafon; Nick Caistor
ISBN: 9781609806910 1609806913
OCLC Number: 947269680
Description: 288 pages ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Petite communiste qui ne souriait jamais.
Responsibility: Lola Lafon ; translated from the French by Nick Caistor.

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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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