The Chosen Maiden

Category: Book
By (author): Stachniak, Eva
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / Historical
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Published: January 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 9.25in x 6.25in x 1.09in
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From The Publisher*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.
Review Quote*"Carefully researched and capaciously imagined, Eva Stachniak's new novel tells the story of Bronia Nijinska, a gifted dancer and choreographer oftentimes overshadowed by her prodigy brother Vaslav Nijinsky. More than just an absorbing historical account of an avant-garde artist, The Chosen Maiden is a fully-realized tale of family, love, loss and enduring resilience." -Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times bestselling author of The Painted Girls

"Reading The Chosen Maiden is like entering Aladdin's Cave, where a vivid, strange and enchanting world awaits. This is the world Stachniak paints of the Ballets Russes, replete with firebirds and fauns, love affairs and bitter artistic rivalries. Most of all, it is the thrilling world of the Great Nijinsky and his passionate and unforgettable sister Bronia, whose discipline and talent rival her famous brother's, but whose greatest genius may be her will to survive. Spanning two world wars and the Russian Revolution, Eva Stachniak's sumptuous and evocative dance of the Chosen Maiden is the dance of 20th century history." -Shaena Lambert is the author of Oh, My Darling and Radiance

"Eva Stachniak is every bit as good at invoking Imperial Russia as Hilary Mantel is in conjuring up the Tudor era in England." -Carol Bishop-Gwyn, author of The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca
Biographical NoteEVA STACHNIAK was born in Wrocław, Poland. She came to Canada in 1981 and has worked for Radio Canada International and Sheridan College, where she taught English and Humanities. She is the bestselling author of The Winter Palace, Empress of the Night, Necessary Lies and Garden of Venus. She lives in Toronto. The author lives in Toronto, ON.