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There Once Lived A Woman Who Tried To Kill Her Neighbour's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales (Penguin Modern Classics) - Community Reviews back

by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Keith Gessen, Anna Summers
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moving under skies
moving under skies rated it 5 years ago
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...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 6 years ago
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...
Skinny Dipping Into Books
Skinny Dipping Into Books rated it 6 years ago
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...
LittleMissProcrastination rated it 6 years ago
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.
Emamemi rated it 6 years ago
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.
Boston Bibliophile
Boston Bibliophile rated it 7 years ago
Xdyj's books
Xdyj's books rated it 7 years ago
A collection of modernist modern fairy tales that contains lots of brutality, black humor & kafkaesque alienation, while also celebrates the strength and perseverance of common Russians.
Barrita rated it 8 years ago
Como en casi todas las colecciones de cuentos, algunos son mejores que otros o me interesan mas ciertas tematicas. Sin embargo, en su mayoría son muy buenos. El libro tiene varias secciones con historias de diferentes tipos. Mis secciones favoritas fueron alegorías y cuentos de hadas.No dan miedo ex...
Cheryl's books
Cheryl's books rated it 8 years ago
These stories are like entering into the vivid and tormented dreams of someone with a feverish delirium. Yet they are oddly refreshing and often touching tales. The author displays an astonishingly original creativity. I particularly liked "The Fountain House" which had been previously published in ...
the terror of whatever
the terror of whatever rated it 9 years ago
I liked this. Modern fairy tales, but in a style that's feels faithful, traditional, in the way the tale meander, end abruptly, or leave you in a place where you're not sure how you got there. Curious to read other stuff by the author.
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