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The Little Communist Who Never Smiled by Lola Lafon

The Little Communist Who Never Smiled

  • Paperback $18.95

    Aug 09, 2016 | 320 Pages

  • Ebook $17.99

    Aug 09, 2016 | 320 Pages

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“One of my favorite novels of the year … a metafictional biography tracing Comaneci’s life from her relentless formation by Bela Karoli into the first gymnast to earn a perfect 10, at the ripe old age of fourteen, to her defection to the United States days before the Ceausescu regime collapsed, is a brilliant blend of fact, invention, and creative historiography. Lafon was raised by French parents in Ceausescu’s Romania; her observations on the hypocrisies of both capitalism and Communism when it comes to sport, and to the lives of women, are sharp and unsparing. This is a fiercely feminist novel. It’s compulsively readable, too, with descriptions of feats of physical daring to stop your heart.” –Alexandra Schwartz,

“In The Little Communist Who Never Smiled, French writer Lola Lafon considers a less common perspective – the female body as an ideological battleground. The result is enthralling – a thought-provoking, surprisingly touching story about a little girl who shook up the world.” –The Big Issue (UK)

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