There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby
The literary event of Halloween: a book of otherworldly power from Russia’s preeminent contemporary fiction writerVanishings and aparitions, nightmares and twists of fate, mysterious ailments and supernatural interventions haunt these stories by the Russian master Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, heir to... show more
The literary event of Halloween: a book of otherworldly power from Russia’s preeminent contemporary fiction writerVanishings and aparitions, nightmares and twists of fate, mysterious ailments and supernatural interventions haunt these stories by the Russian master Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, heir to the spellbinding tradition of Gogol and Poe. Blending the miraculous with the macabre, and leavened by a mischievous gallows humor, these bewitching tales are like nothing being written in Russia—or anywhere else in the world—today. On her trip to the U.S. to promote her book, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya performed her cabaret act at the Russian Samovar in New York City. See video footage of her performance here.
Publish date: September 29th 2009
Pages no: 206
Edition language: English
I'd love to do theory on these stories. I really loved this book despite my prejudice against the short story. Petrushevskaya is as bleak and troubling as the title of this collection suggests, but since her work is so firmly rooted in soviet history and culture she never seemed gratuitously grim. I...
The story referred to in the title is the one called "Revenge". It's aptly titled because it is about relationships.I love this book.I've only read one short story by Petrushevskaya in another collection. I picked this up over the weekend at a bookstore. I had heard good things about it.It's nice...
totally and absolutely unedited. Lost five times.. saving as safety. These stories are divided into two sections; the more overtly scary ones and the more surreal type shorts. A loose common thread among the entire collection was a dark eeriness. However I needed more. I needed them to coal...
Dnf. Therefore no rating. Not sure if it was the translation, but I found these stories strangely lacking. I'm a huge fan of Angela Carter, whom Petrushevskyay is often compared to, yet Carter's short stories are visually rich and satisfying, and these, I'm afraid, were not.
Now that's a puzzling title, who almost screams: "Marketing plans!", because there is no story with such a title in this collection. With the idea, yes, there is.