9th Ave: Lola Lafon

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. store.

 

 

French writer Lola Lafon reads from her novel, The Little Communist Who Never Smiled.

 

 

About The Little Communist Who Never Smiled:

 

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.

The Little Communist Who Never Smiled Cover Image
By Lola Lafon, Nick Caistor (Translator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781609806910
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Seven Stories Press - August 9th, 2016

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.


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