Oxford Dance Writers:
….The Chosen Maiden “novel captures the artistic and personal development of an exceedingly courageous, talented and sensitive woman – a woman way beyond her time in ideas about dance. It also portrays an entire period of rich artistry, complex shifts in political and international affairs and the men and women who to this day are legendary in the world of ballet, music and production design…”
Ballet To the People:
The Chosen Maiden – the title taken from the lead role of Vaslav Nijinsky’s Sacre du Printemps, created for his sister Bronia – is very much about surviving unreal times. About finding the strength to continue on after everything is lost. It is about the duty of artists and the revolutionary power of grassroots movements. “The Chosen Maiden, my brother once told me, is a warrior, not a dying swan. She dances to make life possible again.”
Hubert O’Hearn on The Chosen Maiden:
I thoroughly enjoyed Eva Stachniak’s two novels on Catherine the Great. This one surpasses those. This is a writer in full and complete control of her material, knowing just how much of a ballet to describe in just enough detail and which ballets are worthy of description.
Wandering Educators on The Chosen Maiden:
The World Dances:
The Chosen Maiden, rescuing Nijinska from her brother’s shadow, reveals an artist, one who knows that “to excel, I have to be strong, resilient, see more, understand what is hidden to others”, and also, as her brother told her, that “Art is all that matters, Bronia. Everything else is distraction.
Portland Book Review on writing The Chosen Maiden. The Curse of the Archives.
Kris Waldherr: “It’s a wonderful read—Eva’s writing is tender, evocative, and immersive.” Interview with Eva Stachniak.