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Little Bastards in Springtime by Katja Rudolph

Little Bastards in Springtime

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Little Bastards in Springtime by Katja Rudolph
Apr 07, 2015 | ISBN 9781586422349

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“Rudolph uses remarkable historical research to craft a deeply affecting psychological portrayal of the cost of war upon one boy, his family and the society they are later thrown into. . . Rudolph deeply inhabits Jevrem, a highly intelligent teen with PTSD, modulating the prose subtly as the boy ages, showing great restraint as a stylist in order to let the effects of war drive each scene. . . A first-rate novel about the horrors of nationalism, as moving as it is instructive in its historical import.” — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

“In this absorbing debut novel that begins in 1992, 11­-year-­old Sarajevan Jevrem Andric lives through the destruction of both his childhood and his country . . . The family’s belief that peace will prevail is destroyed as Sarajevo is besieged . . . The surviving family members settle as refugees in Toronto where Jevrem spends his time committing acts of theft and violence with his “bastard” gang of fellow refugees . . . Rudolph’s writing is spare and touched by moments of incandescent lyricism. Jevrem’s voice is convincing, jumping from cynicism to thoughtfulness. Rudolph skillfully conveys the pain of a wounded young man whose present is constantly assaulted by his past. The possibility of an untroubled future fuels the narrative, and the reader is compelled to witness Jevrem’s journey at every point.” — Publishers Weekly

“Lyrical passages, a solid plot framework, and historical accuracy.” — World Literature Today

Little Bastards is wholly absorbing, terrifically exciting, thoughtful, informative, and clarifying. I would add that it is also immediate and propulsive. The characters are individual and dear, made so by Rudolph’s penetrating eye and fearless ear. It has been a pleasure to review this book, and it is a pleasure to think that others will—should, must, want to—read it.” — Women’s Review of Books, Wellesley Centers for Women

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