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There Once Lived A Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby

Scary Fairy Tales

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
There Once Lived A Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby
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New York Times Bestseller Winner of the World Fantasy Award One of New York Magazine's 10 Best Books of the Year One of NPR's 5 Best Works of Foreign Fiction The literary event of Halloween: a book of otherworldly power from Russia's preeminent contemporary fiction writer Vanishings 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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2009
ISBN: 0143114662
9780143114666
Branch Call Number: FICTION PETRUSHEV 2009
Characteristics: xiii, 206 p. ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Summers, Anna
Gessen, Keith

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I just discovered Petrushevskaia's work last year, 20 years too late. Realism in many different disguises drive these nimble stories of Russian life. Fans of Calvino, Borges, and Poe should take a chance on this woman's wonderful work.


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