Book Review: The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine

UC Berkeley undergraduate Melissa Carlson reviewed Alina Bronsky’s 2010 novel:

Die schärfsten Gerichte der tartarischen Küche (The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine) examines identity and culture in a Tartar family living in Russia and the events that surround their eventual migration to Germany. The story of the Kalganova family is narrated by Rosalinda, the matriarch of the family. Issues of family, marriage, identity, culture, and stereotypes are played out in the Kalganova family’s history. This novel is relevant to concepts discussed in class, especially those pertaining to collective memory and the definition of identity… [Read full review here]

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