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

Scary Fairy Tales

By Ludmila Petrushevskaya; Keith Gessen (Translator); Anna Summers (Translator)
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143114666, 206pp.)

Publication Date: September 2009

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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.

About the Author
Ludmila Petrushevskaya was born in 1938 in Moscow where she still lives. She studied journalism at Moscow University in 1961 and worked for Moscow Television throughout the 1960s. Although a prolific writer of plays and short stories, her work remained unpublished until the mid-1980s and the glasnost of Gorbachev. Her plays have since been widely performed in Russia and all over the world.

Keith Gessen is a founding editor of "n+1" and the author of "All the Sad Young Literary Men", as well as the editor of "Diary of a Very Bad Year: Confessions of an Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager" and Kirill Medvedev's "It's No Good: Poems, Essays, Manifestoes".

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