The Chosen Maiden

The Chosen Maiden

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The lush, sweeping story of a remarkable dancer who charts her own course through the tumultuous years of early twentieth-century Europe. Beautifully blending fiction with fact, The Chosen Maiden plunges readers into an artistic world upended by modernity, immersing them in the experiences of the era's giants, from Anna Pavlova and Serge Diaghilev to Coco Chanel and Pablo Picasso.

From their earliest days, the Nijinsky siblings appear destined for the stage. Bronia is a gifted young ballerina, but she is quickly eclipsed by her brother Vaslav. Deemed a prodigy, Vaslav Nijinsky will grow into the greatest, and most provocative, dancer of his time. To prove herself her brother's equal in the rigid world of ballet, Bronia will need to be more than extraordinary, defying society's expectations of what a female dancer can and should be.
The real-life muse behind one of the most spectacular roles in dance, The Rite of Spring 's Chosen Maiden, Bronia rises to the heights of modern ballet through grit, resilience and fervor. But when the First World War erupts and rebellion sparks in Russia, Bronia--caught between old and new, traditional and ground-breaking, safe and passionate--must begin her own search for what it means to be modern.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780385678568
Branch Call Number: FIC Stach
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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