- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics (31 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141198583
- ISBN-13: 978-0141198583
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, And He Hanged Himself: Love Stories (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 31 Jan 2013
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One of Russia's best living writers ... her tales inhabit a borderline between this world and the next (The New York Times)
Petrushevskaya proves that the literary tradition that produced Dostoyevsky, Gogol and Babel is alive and well (The Daily Beast)
About the Author
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya was born in Moscow in 1938 and is the only indisputable canonical writer currently writing in Russian today. She is the author of more than fifteen collections of prose, among them the short novel The Time: Night, shortlisted for the Russian Booker Prize in 1992, and Svoi Krug, a modern classic about the 1980's Soviet intelligentsia. Petrushevskaya is equally important as a playwright: since the 1980s her numerous plays have been staged by the best Russian theater companies. In 2002, Petrushevskaya received Russia's most prestigious prize, The Triumph, for lifetime achievement. She lives in Moscow.
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The characters in these stories treat love as just part of their day, or something that just happens, or something that is required of them.
In short, the love stories in this book are closer to real life than to fiction.
Despite the gloomy sounding description I just gave, I did enjoy the book very much. The translation was, for the most part, very well done, with just a few bits that probably just don't translate that well from the Russian.
The book is something a bit different, and perfect for those who like to have to think a bit about what they read.