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Splithead

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When seven-year-old Mischka and her Russo-Jewish family flee the oppressive regime of the USSR for the freedom of Vienna, her world seems to divide neatly in two. But as her parents' marriage splinters and her sister retreats into silence, Mischka has to find her own way of living.
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Portobello Books (first published 2008)
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Christina
One of the worst books Ive ever read. The title and short synopsis suggest a novel about the migration of a young girl from former UdSSR to Vienna, but actually this is a coming-of-age-story like hundreds others. The story starts off well but very soon you can follow the growing up of a very unpleasing and not likeable at all girl, who is never willing to understand the words respect or consequence. It seems like Mischka could never overcome the fact of being the older daughter. The reality of m ...more
Gretel
Feb 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
This could've been awesome. The start shows promise, but my hopes were soon dashed. The prose sparkles in places, but not enough to actually make me like the book. The story is too fragmented and jumps around for no good reason. I wanted to read about an escape from the USSR and the treatment new immigrants to Vienna faced, but it was just dull. Nobody in the book is likeable and Rabinowich takes the story in the direction of a girly acid trip diary kind of thing. There are plenty of themes the ...more
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1970 in Russland geboren, im Alter von 7 Jahren nach Österreich "verpflanzt" worden.
Ist eine österreichische Schriftstellerin, sowie Kollumnistin (derStandard, Falter).
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“Emigration tears people apart. They learn about high points and personal disasters in letters and phone calls. Closer contact is impossible. As if they have landed on another planet, breathing is difficult in the spacesuits they don’t dare to take off for fear there won’t be enough air in the new atmosphere. Their chests rise and fall with difficulty. Their lungs hurt. The voices of the other settlers croak through the microphones in their helmets.” 1 likes
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