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The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (edizione 2021)

di Eugene Yelchin (Autore), Eugene Yelchin (Illustratore)

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With a masterful mix of comic timing and disarming poignancy, Newbery Honoree Eugene Yelchin offers a memoir of growing up in Cold War Russia. Drama, family secrets, and a KGB spy in his own kitchen! How will Yevgeny ever fulfill his parents' dream that he become a national hero when he doesn't even have his own room? He's not a star athlete or a legendary ballet dancer. In the tiny apartment he shares with his Baryshnikov-obsessed mother, poetry-loving father, continually outraged grandmother, and safely talented brother, all Yevgeny has is his little pencil, the underside of a massive table, and the doodles that could change everything. With equal amounts charm and solemnity, award-winning author and artist Eugene Yelchin recounts in hilarious detail his childhood in Cold War Russia as a young boy desperate to understand his place in his family.… (altro)
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Titolo:The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
Autori:Eugene Yelchin (Autore)
Altri autori:Eugene Yelchin (Illustratore)
Info:Candlewick (2021), 208 pages
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I enjoyed this book. It was well written and kept my interest. The illustrations were well done and it is appropriate for the age group. It's a good look at another culture from the past.

I would recommend it. ( )
  Beammey | Sep 21, 2022 |
A quick read about Soviet oppression and antisemitism impacting a family that loves the arts (especially the poetry of Osip Mandelstam and ballet as danced by Mikhail Baryshnikov) that makes an interesting diptych with the '21-'22 Golden Dome nominee Chance: Escape from the Holocaust. Very brief chapters are accompanied by lots of humorous illustrations. Parts of it about his father could have made a brilliant Russian short story. ( )
  KSchellVT | Jun 1, 2022 |
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Text and black-and-white illustrations are woven together in this unique memoir of growing up in the USSR. Yevgeny's older brother is a talented figure skater, but Yevgeny is not athletically gifted - his only talent is for drawing, which he does with a stolen pencil on the underside of the family's huge table, under which he sleeps. His family - mother, father, grandmother, older brother - is loving and affectionate, but close-mouthed, especially about the past, personal or political. Communism means surveillance, and on top of that, casual and sometimes violent antisemitism is common.

The story ends rather abruptly with the family's discovery of Yevgeny's art, his father's death, and Yevgeny's unanswered questions about his grandfather. Nevertheless, he concludes, " our past lay hidden in darkness, but my future seemed dazzlingly bright."

I wished for some back matter - or another installment! - but there was none in the ARC.

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Asking questions was considered not patriotic. (5)

"Talent makes you free, Yevgeny." (Dad, 42) ( )
  JennyArch | Dec 23, 2021 |
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I really felt like I entered 1980s USSR while reading this book. Yelchin uses illustrations to help tell the story, but the words are vivid enough without the images. This is the story of Yevgeny, a Jewish boy growing up in the USSR. His parents know that Yevgeny and his brother will have better lives if they excel in athletics or the arts. His brother is a talented skater, but Yevgeny hasn't found his talent...yet. This book would make a fantastic middle-grade read-aloud. I was reading aloud parts to the adults around me. It's funny and deep. ( )
  AmandaSanders | Sep 27, 2021 |
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*I received a copy of this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.*

Tales of the Soviet Union often carry a bit of dark depression with them, but this one manages to include a certain degree of levity along with the persistent curiosity of a young narrator. Yevgeny is a young boy who needs to find a talent, because in the Soviet Union, talented people are given extra privileges, like having their own apartments and cars and being able to travel abroad. And sometimes, these talented people defected by not coming home at all. This book managed to present a realistic picture of the Soviet world from the author's own experiences as a young child. I really appreciated the illustrations, which added to the narrative and helped to visualize the Yelchin's family life. This book is targeted at children, but it's certainly also worthwhile for adults interested in this topic. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Sep 15, 2021 |
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With a masterful mix of comic timing and disarming poignancy, Newbery Honoree Eugene Yelchin offers a memoir of growing up in Cold War Russia. Drama, family secrets, and a KGB spy in his own kitchen! How will Yevgeny ever fulfill his parents' dream that he become a national hero when he doesn't even have his own room? He's not a star athlete or a legendary ballet dancer. In the tiny apartment he shares with his Baryshnikov-obsessed mother, poetry-loving father, continually outraged grandmother, and safely talented brother, all Yevgeny has is his little pencil, the underside of a massive table, and the doodles that could change everything. With equal amounts charm and solemnity, award-winning author and artist Eugene Yelchin recounts in hilarious detail his childhood in Cold War Russia as a young boy desperate to understand his place in his family.

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