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Breaking Stalin's Nose takes place under the dictatorial regime of Josef Stalin, who ruled . caite.info%caite.info Sasha Zaichik has known the laws of the Soviet Young Pioneers since the age of six: The Young Pioneer is devoted to Comrade Stalin, the Communist Party. YHBA Intermediate Book Committee Final Activity Sheet, Last Revised Breaking Stalin's Nose. AUTHOR: Eugene Yelchin. PUBLISHER: Henry Holt and .
He is chased away from the Kremlin by armed guards and heads to his aunt's home instead, but this aunt doesn't want to get involved and sends him away with a small amount of money, because she and her husband have an infant and fear arrest themselves if they get involved. For some reason Vovka does not do this right away though and back in the classroom Nina Petrovna has the children write lists of possible suspects. Languages Add links. In Breaking Stalin's Nose , Yelchin gives us a kid's-eye view of an extremely complicated, scary, and grim moment in world history, and that's something well worth reading. While a bewildered and confused Sasha watches Stukachov tidies the ransacked room, moves his family in, and tells him he will enjoy growing up in an orphanage. Sasha gives his letter to his father who he believes will give it to Stalin since his father is a top party member and works for the police state as a spy. He passes out and is revived by cold water, before being sent back to class, where everyone now knows his personal non grata status and Nina Petrovna relegates him to the back of the classroom reserved for outcasts.
In fact, he had quite an experience with the dystopian Powers That Be when he was growing up in Moscow in the s. In a scene that parallels Sasha's conversation with the spooky senior lieutenant, Eugene himself was interrogated by a Soviet secret policeman to read his description of this, check out the "notes" that follow the story. So don't kid yourself—while this book is very compact it only involves the events of a mere two days , and told from the perspective of a ten-year-old boy, it deals with some painful, very scary issues, very real issues: See, the novel follows little Sasha, whose dad is a Communist hero.
Sasha's about to be made a Young Soviet Pioneer, which is the first step he needs to take to follow in his dad's footsteps and be more like that "brilliant genius of humanity," Joseph Stalin. After his dad is arrested in the middle of the night—and Sasha accidentally breaks the nose off of a statue of Stalin the next day at school— we follow Sasha down the Red rabbit hole of fear, paranoia and groupthink that pervaded Soviet society in the s.
It's a wild ride with some Very Important Lessons along the way. And now for the requisite hoity-toity literary street cred stuff: Newbery Honor Book ? One of Horn's Best Books of ? It's no wonder he has received these kudos.
In Breaking Stalin's Nose , Yelchin gives us a kid's-eye view of an extremely complicated, scary, and grim moment in world history, and that's something well worth reading. Here's the thing. Yelchin's book shows us the real brutality of life under communism during the Cold War , when the champions for capitalism the US and for communism the USSR were busy figuratively duking it out for supremacy.
In other words, it's a book about a war that's long over, in a country you've probably never been to. Well, as it turns out, this book's got a lot to say about your country, right now. The Red Scare rears its ugly head even today, in the form of some politicians calling other politicians socialists and communists and when those politicians fire right back calling the other dudes money-grubbing elites.
Sasha decides there has been some sort of mistake and he will go see Stalin personally to get the matter straightened out. He is chased away from the Kremlin by armed guards and heads to his aunt's home instead, but this aunt doesn't want to get involved and sends him away with a small amount of money, because she and her husband have an infant and fear arrest themselves if they get involved. He sleeps in the basement of the aunt's apartment building and goes to school as if everything is just fine, although he knows his father will not come to the ceremony that afternoon.
In the schoolyard he is confronted by a former friend, who now bullies him after learning his mother was American, Vovka Sobakin.
To get the bullies off his back he throws a snowball at another bullied child, Borka Finkelstein, which breaks his eyeglasses. Borka is a target because he is Jewish and his parents were arrested sometime before effectively orphaning him.
The teacher, Nina Petrovna, does not believe his broken glasses and cut face are reason enough to be late for class, so sends him to the principal for punishment, after coerced and manipulated Sasha joins in a class vote condemning him.
For participating in this groupthink, Sasha earns the honor to carry a banner during the ceremony and is sent to retrieve it.
While carrying the banner back to class, Sasha gets a bit too enthusiastic, and swings the banner in a way that breaks the nose off a statue of Stalin in the hallway. In a panic he runs to the boys' washroom, where he is again confronted by Vovka, who knows he broke the statue and threatens to tattle on him.
For some reason Vovka does not do this right away though and back in the classroom Nina Petrovna has the children write lists of possible suspects. The police have been called and during an emergency assembly in the cafeteria, Boris Finkelstein confesses and is hauled off to jail, which is exactly what he wants, because he wants to get into the Lubyanka prison to search for his arrested parents.
Sasha thinks he has been miraculously saved again, but back in class Nina Petrovna announces an enemy is among them still and informs the class that Vovka Sobakin's father had been executed as an enemy of the state, leading Vovka to attack her and by getting heroic and joining in this altercation, Sasha gets himself sent to the principal's office along with Vovka.
The principal reveals that the particular orphanage slated to collect Sasha from his former residence after his father's arrest has repeatedly phoned the principal demanding to know his whereabouts, thus the school staff knows he is now also the child of an enemy of the state and he cannot join the Young Pioneers as a result.
Already Vovka and Borka were blacklisted and banned and now devoted Communist Sasha is just like them, unwanted and worthless. He is sent back to class without punishment, but upon seeing officials have arrived to take him to the orphanage, flees to a science laboratory.
In a scene reminiscent of the Russian classic "The Nose" by Nikolai Gogol, Sasha encounters the broken nose dressed like Stalin that smokes a pipe and tells him to forget his father who he will most likely never see again and join the Communist Party.
He passes out and is revived by cold water, before being sent back to class, where everyone now knows his personal non grata status and Nina Petrovna relegates him to the back of the classroom reserved for outcasts. During last minute ceremony preparations, Sasha joins in despite not being allowed to, and jumps from desk to desk before state police burst in. He thinks they are there for him, but instead they haul away Nina Petrovna, after discovering the broken plaster nose in her desk drawer, apparently placed there by Vovka Sobakin as an act of revenge.
Instead Sasha is taken away by the principal to the school's basement. A senior lieutenant meets Sasha in the basement and offers him the chance to join the Young Pioneers and regain good standing.
Though he refuses to denounce his father, the senior lieutenant is more interested in getting him to spy on his classmates. He agrees, but at the last moment, as he stands with the banner waiting to march into the ceremony, he decides he does not want to be a pioneer after all and flees the school. Alone and homeless, Sasha heads to the Kremlin where the Lubyanka prison is located, hoping to see his father.
After encountering a huge queue of others also waiting he goes to the end, which is at least three days from the entrance, and encounters a curious kind woman. She asks where his winter gear is and learning he has none gives him a scarf saying she knitted it for her son who she is waiting to see and also gives him a baked potato. When she learns Sasha has no parents or other relatives, she offers him her son's vacant cot in her room and he accepts, knowing he has nowhere else to go.