Splithead

Splithead

Julya Rabinowich

Mischka spends the first years of her life in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). Splithead and Baba Yaga, the witch from the Russian fable, are as real to the little girl as are the aunts, uncles, grandmothers and cousins of her extended Judaeo-Russian family, who all live on top of each other, cooped up in cramped conditions. When Mischka is seven years old, her parents tell her they are going on holiday to Lithuania. But the plane lands in Vienna and there is no going back. "My father and I both suffer from a nervous breakdown when he tries to exorcise three years of Communist socialization in the course of a single evening and it is simply beyond me that Lenin, 'Every Child's Friend', is suddenly an arsehole. But what my father cannot accomplish, the mere sight of a Barbie doll can." Torn between the myths of her childhood and the promises of the West, the exiled Mischka has to carve out her own path in life - and neither her parents (whose marriage breaks up) nor her sister (who has decided to stop speaking) are of much help to her. Julya Rabinowich entices the reader into her world with her distinctive feel for comedy and utterly unique style: interweaving substance and make-believe, she describes the cultural vacuum that comes with emigration. "A clever, snappy novel suffused with comedy, proverbial wisdom and fairy tale." The Guardian


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