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I piatti più piccanti della cucina tatara

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Certo è meglio non incontrarli nella vita reale i cattivi, ma incontrarli nelle pagine di un libro può essere invece appassionante.
La protagonista di questo romanzo della Bronsky è così. Crede sempre di agire per il meglio degli altri, e delle altre, figlia e nipote. E invece le strumentalizza, le manipola,
non si ferma davanti a nessuna nefandezza.
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Paperback, Dal mondo, 256 pages
Published October 12th 2011 by e/o (first published 2010)
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Yossi Gremillion No, I don't think that you are reading too much into the ending. Her delusions of grandeur seem to be getting worse.
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Lately, I seem to be reading a lot of "unreliable narrator" fiction featuring women with deteriorating minds, and I’m not sure what this says about me, but I could not put this book down!

Rosalinda is the ultimate mother, grandmother and mother-in-law from hell. She’s arrogant, vain, abrasive, highly meddling, and dangerously abusive (view spoiler)
Jan 03, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
I loved Bronsky's Broken Glass Park and this is even better. Such a talented writer--and translator, too! Rosa's becoming one of my favorite characters in recent history. The closest at being the protagonist in this Russian soap opera, she is the master of delusion...or is she? Often cruel, manipulative, and mean to her stupid daughter, Sulfia (great name, by the way) and vapid husband, I can't dislike this woman. In a way, her explanations for the way she raised and treats her daughter (then gr ...more
Snippy, snarky, and wholly original, the voice of Rosalinda Achmetowna will stay with you long after you close this book. First published in German in 2010, this Booker-nominated bestseller explodes with personality, wit, and the wisdom of an older woman.

Life in Russia was never easy, but Rosalinda thought her daughter, Sulfia, made life especially hard for herself. In the time-honored way of mothers everywhere, she hectored, berated, cursed, and finally resorted to direct intervention in her at
Dec 19, 2011 Mmars rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I close the cover of a book, I rarely have a contemporary book pass all my questions of whether it was good fiction.

Characterization? Check. Larger-than-life Rosa, written in first-person, IS the story. She shapes, or attempts to shape, everyone around her into her own image resulting in the book's other characters playing off her in predictable and unpredictable ways.

Story/Plot? Check. Unique, compelling, imaginative. Yes, stripped down, it's just the story of one woman's family and what
Helena (Renchi King)
Prekrasna knjiga.Uopće nisam ovo očekivala.Mislila sam da knjiga govori o tri generacije ruskih žena koje u Americi otvaraju restoran sa tatarskim jelima.Dakle,očekivala sam puno recepata i priča isprepletenih istim-sve krivo!
Dakle,priča je to o suživotu bake Rose,kćeri Sulfije i unuke Aminat.

Vrlo dominatna,samopouzdana baka drži,čini se,sve konce ovog svijeta u rukama.
Ona je superžena (u vlastitim očima),odlično izgleda,još uvijek mlada,tašta i ambiciozna.Njezina kći,Sulfija,je upravo sve ono..
Хорошо... ( I just learned how to write with Cyrillic characters on my phone...)

I almost loved this and indeed, it was better than Broken Glass Park, but I was disappointed when it was over. The beginning, which takes place from 1978 on in the Soviet Union, is satisfying and the characters are unique. Rosalinda, the heroine, is direct and controlling and deluded and vain, a no-nonsense woman who is not always wrong. Her relationships are unusual and her misadventures are interesting--but only a
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Original review post at Layers of Thought.

3.5 stars actually

A dark modern fable translated from German. It is a literary novel that is tragic and blackly humorous, told by a narrator who is definitely misguided and “unreliable”.

About: Set in Russia in the 1970s, The Hottest Dishes is told in the first person by the self-centered Rosa. It starts with Rosa’s daughter Sulfia becoming pregnant in her early teens and not willing to disclose who the father is. Understandably Rosa is not delighted with
L Fleisig
May 17, 2011 L Fleisig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up Alina Bronsky's The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine with anticipation and a little bit of trepidation. I very much enjoyed Bronsky's first novel, Broken Glass Park and thought it could mark the start of a very promising career. But second novels are challenging, both for the author and for the reader. The author is challenged to live up to the promise of her first work. The reader is challenged by virtue of his or her own heightened expectation and anticipation that the second w ...more
Jul 31, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I was a fundamentally generous person, and I valued the interchange between generations. Helping support Sulfia in raising my grandchild didn't bother me at all. Neither did drawing Sulfia's attention to her own frequent mistakes. All I ever did was for her to improve herself."

Perhaps this should be called The Battle Hymn of the Tartar Mother....The narrator of this fast-paced novel is a mother more like Mommie Dearest than June Cleaver. She's actually kind of scary. Yet her witty observations,
Literary Review The
By Marion Wyce

For The Literary Review
Volume 54 "The Rat's Nest"

What about me? That was the question my boyfriend’s ten-year-old brother, J.,
asked approximately three dozen times over the short weekend during which we
saw him recently. If we paid too much attention to other members of the family, if
his mother talked too long about her own interests, if his father nattered on about
his business, first J. would try to nudge his way into the conversation, and when
that failed—when we continued to
Učitaj se!
Aug 27, 2015 Učitaj se! rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sudeći po naslovu, očekivala sam da će ova knjiga biti jedna od onih u kojima je pripovijest o kojoj se piše ispremiješana sa hranom, njenim mirisima i okusima... Očekivala sam nešto poput 'Kluba božićnih kolačića' Ann Pearlman, 'Julie i Julia' Julie Powell ili možda 'Gozbe Johna Saturnalla' Lawrencea Norfolka. No, hrana je u ovom romanu sporedna i čak se rijetko spominje, a naslovna 'jela' više se odnose na ona koja likovi ovog romana moraju 'okusiti' u životu, pri čemu njihov okus ne bih opisa ...more
The memorable thing about this novel is the character of our narrator, Rosa Achmetowna The archetypal feared Mother-in-law, unable-to-show-her-love mother, & excessively doting grandmother. Strong, independent, a voice that easily directs the narrative, I was honestly torn between understanding/almost liking and/or hating her. Sometimes, it seemed like she was the woman that might not realize how hurtful she was being to her loved ones. Other times it seemed she was fully cognizant of this b ...more
May 15, 2011 g rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lolly K Dandeneau
May 18, 2011 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fantastic and I will say why... I read another review describing the main character Rosa as a battle-ax of a woman, apt description. Inside the mind of Rosa we see a woman controlling her world and everyone in it. "Stupid Sulfia"( her 17 year old daughter) gets pregnant and immediately Rosa resorts to home remedies to "fix the problem". Aminat is born, despite her grandmother's folkloric concoctions and soon becomes the apple of Rosa's eye. Aminat looks just like her grandmother sharing in her s ...more
Alina Bronsky is a young German novelist who emigrated from the Soviet Union at thirteen, and who is now at her second novel. I had read and enjoyed her first novel, Broken Glass Park, which had given her international fame, but I am often skeptical when it comes to young novelists who become famous too fast and too soon. That’s why I was surprised to see that her second novel, The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, is not only better than her first, but that its main character, Rosa Achmetow ...more
Aug 20, 2012 jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bronsky brings us the story of three generations of Tartar women in the Soviet Union of 1978 who make their way to Germany through a series of compromises ranging from unfortunate to horrible. The relationships between the woman are painfully strained. The characters fumble through unplanned pregnancies, home abortions, careers, and broken marriages while navigating a shifting political and economic landscape. I needed a translated book for my 2012 reading challenge and I read about this book on ...more
Mar 29, 2012 Literameer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rosalinda, ist eine der interessantesten Protagonistinnen, welche ich seit langem erleben durfte. Sie ist unheimlich anstrengend, sehr herrisch, egoistisch und ich-bezogen. Aber sie hat auch auf ihre ganz eigene Weise ein Herz für ihre Enkelin und auch für ihre Tochter, auch wenn sie dies nicht direkt zeigen kann. Und gerade diese Ambivalenz macht Rosa für mich zu einer interessanten Persönlichkeit.

Anfangs hatte ich schon meine Probleme mit ihr und musste mich wirklich erst an sie gewöhnen. Wäre
Jul 07, 2016 Sylvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me reí montones con esta novela, la protagonista es terrible y encantadora. A la idea de clásica-madre-mexicana le deberíamos presentar a la clásica-madre-tártara, sería una bomba.

Por otro lado la segmentación, los diálogos y en general la construcción de personajes nos muestran a una Bronsky con más recursos, esta novela es también una lección de narrativa para quienes coquetean con la novela pero les da miedo dejar el cuento.
Stephen Durrant
Jan 12, 2014 Stephen Durrant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the messages of this delightful AND disturbing book is that self-centered monsters often not only survive but somehow thrive. With a trail of destruction behind her, Rosa, the terribly unreliable first-person narrator of "The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine," does just fine . . . or almost so, except for a few minor shadows of guilt. The Russian-born young German-language writer Alina Bronsky has created in this novel, an unforgettable character who might remind you, albeit in an exa ...more
Boris Feldman
I stayed up past midnight to finish, because I just wanted it to be over.
There were passages that were amusing.
Overall, it was tedious.
I do not understand the hype that has greated this novel (apart from a great title and cover).
This book gives new meaning to the term control freak. Bronsky has such a unique, fresh voice - she is fast becoming a favourite.
Sep 11, 2011 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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"Acerbically funny?" Not in my opinion. The narrator is just mean, and her barbs are really obvious. Why did The New Yorker like this?
Feb 19, 2016 MacDuff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
What an amazing book. The story is of Rosa, a Russian woman whose daughter, Sulfia, amounts to nothing. Rosa never misses a chance to remind Sulfia of that, also. Sulfia becomes pregnant early in the story, and it's only when she has her daughter, Aminat, that Rosa falls head over heels in love with her granddaughter. She becomes bound and determined to force Sulfia to stand up and make a life for herself.

The trick with this novel is that the whole thing is told specifically from Rosa's perspec
When Rosalinda Achmetowna’s frumpy, stupid and ill-mannered daughter Sulfia gets knocked up, she can’t help but believe that it didn’t happen the traditional way. Who would sleep with Sulfia? No, it must be as Sulfia claims: Something that happened in a dream. Rosa sets out to fix it, using an arsenal of home abortion techniques and finally finds success the old fashioned way -- with a knitting needle. This seems to work, judging from the bloody sheets, but months later Sulfia still seems to be ...more
Jan 24, 2013 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was immediately engaging. It has been translated from Russian to English and had some good reviews. It tells the story of three women - a grandmother, her daughter and granddaughter narrated through the sole lens of the grandmother. It is in places warm hearted and has a caustic humour that I enjoyed. It gives some insight into the hard lives of women in Eastern Europe, their poverty and views on life and their absolute desperation to get out of the East and into the West at all costs. ...more
Sara Jane
May 27, 2012 Sara Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I loved this book! The narrator is ridiculously and deliciously unreliable, and yet the author allows her to unfold and grow in a wonderfully natural way. I want everyone I know to read this book so that we can go over what actually happened at a few points in the story - these scenes are ripe for discussion. The humor is dark, though I did find myself laughing out loud on at least one occasion. The prose is simple but compelling - I found myself turning the pages of this book easily. As someone
Rosa is a cutting and self-absorbed narrator who is most-likely suffering from narcissistic personality disorder. In this dark comedy, she fails to end her daughter's unexpected pregnancy with homeopathic remedies and ends up kidnapping the resulting granddaughter to raise her "properly." Rosa is an awful awful woman and she twists everything around so absurdly that it's hard not to feel sorry for her and her lack of mental stability.

The story begins in Russia in the late 1970s and ends in Germ
Jul 11, 2013 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book in just one day - so it's obviously an easy and entertaining read. Parts of it are hilarious, parts are heart-breaking - the narrator is portrayed as the typical vulnerable child-girl who's acting tough on the outside. The second part set in Germany is much less satisfying than the first in Russia - especially the beloved granddaugther Aminat loses character and as the relationship between grandmother and favourite grandchild deteriorates, the less insight the reader gets int ...more
Hannes Spitz
eine wilde Geschichte aus einer ungewöhnlichen Perspektive erzählt. Die Icherzählerin ist gruselig unsympathisch, was mir etwas den Spaß geschmälert hat.
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Reader's Ink: 5. Love, marriage, men, women 5 10 Mar 06, 2012 10:48AM  
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Alina Bronsky was born in Yekaterinburg, an industrial town at the foot of the Ural Mountains in central Russia. She moved to Germany when she was thirteen. Her first novel, Broken Glass Park, was nominated for one of Europe’s most prestigious literary awards, the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize.
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