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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. …moreNo, I don't think that you are reading too much into the ending. Her delusions of grandeur seem to be getting worse. (less)
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Mary
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)
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Lisa
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
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..
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Trish
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
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Mmars
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
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Daisy
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
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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
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Amy
"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,
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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
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Vonia
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
L Fleisig
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
Lolly K Dandeneau
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
jess
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
Stephen Durrant
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).
Shelley
This book gives new meaning to the term control freak. Bronsky has such a unique, fresh voice - she is fast becoming a favourite.
Lauren
"Acerbically funny?" Not in my opinion. The narrator is just mean, and her barbs are really obvious. Why did The New Yorker like this?
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Alta
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
LIVE.LOVE.READ
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
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christa
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
Liz
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

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
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Rebekah
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
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Julia
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
Marina
It was astonishing book, I cried after Sulfija died. Didn't like the ending, I hoped that Aminat returns to her family, but introducing cookbook at the end was great and I liked the cookbook's impact on Rosalinda.
Tara
I found the title, combined with the cute art cover and the witty description completely misleading, it is a very dark tale. I really didn't have any empathy for the title character as she was completely narcissistic but to the point of just plain wicked. Maybe the 'mean-mommy-who-in-her-deep in her heart means well', just isn't my taste. I kept reading to see if it got better but then I was the end and finished anyway. I would try another of Alina Brodsky's books just to see if it was just this ...more
Emily
Damn you, Europa Editions, with your beautiful bindings and your promises of erudite international fiction. This was the first Europa Edition I've actually got through, and that's because Alina Bronsky tricked me into enjoying the first few chapters of her unreliable narrator, Rosa Achmetowna, orchestrating her pregnant daughter's life in the late Soviet Union and throwing her over for love of her smarter granddaugter, whom she tries to raise in her own image. Rosa, for love of her granddaughter ...more
Tonymess
From the 2010 German Book Prize Longllist we have “the Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine” by Alina Bronsky.

Our narrator here is Rosa Achemetowna , a self-centred grandmother from the Turkic regions of Russia. Our story starts as Rosa finds out her only child, the ugly daughter Sulfia, is pregnant, of course an immaculate conception. We then experience the local remedies, for example, hot baths with mustard, to induce an abortion as a teenage mother is too much for our Rosa to bear. But all h
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Lidija
Sjajno, sjajno! Ovo je nešto sasvim različito od... pa, od svega što sam u zadnje vrijeme pročitala. Ne znam točno gdje sam pročitala kako je ovo "humoristična priča" - nije mi jasno kako je netko to mogao tako okarakterizirati. Da, ova priča svakako ima humorističnih dijelova, ali oni su više u samom stilu pisanja, nego u priči i događanjima o kojima govori. Glavni lik, naratorica priče, Rosalinda (Rosa) je skroz šašava žena, sa strahovito visokim mišljenjem o sebi (to se odnosi na sve - od izg ...more
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Reader's Ink: 6. Food! 6 13 Mar 27, 2012 10:16PM  
Reader's Ink: 1. Let's talk about Rosa 11 12 Mar 10, 2012 05:14PM  
Reader's Ink: 3. Rosa and Sulfia 10 13 Mar 10, 2012 05:12PM  
Reader's Ink: 5. Love, marriage, men, women 5 10 Mar 06, 2012 10:48AM  
Reader's Ink: 4. Parenting ... um ... techniques 5 9 Mar 06, 2012 03:03AM  
Reader's Ink: 2. Rosa and Aminat 9 10 Mar 06, 2012 02:50AM  
Reader's Ink: 7. Goodbye, Rosa 3 7 Mar 01, 2012 04:45PM  
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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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