There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself

By Ludmila Petrushevskaya; Anna Summers (Translator)
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143121527, 171pp.)

Publication Date: January 29, 2013

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Description
Love stories, with a twist: the eagerly awaited follow-up to the great Russian writer's "New York Times "bestselling scary fairy tales

By turns sly and sweet, burlesque and heartbreaking, these realist fables of women looking for love are the stories that Ludmilla Petrushevskaya who has been compared to Chekhov, Tolstoy, Beckett, Poe, Angela Carter, and even Stephen King is best known for in Russia.

Here are attempts at human connection, both depraved and sublime, by people across the life span: one-night stands in communal apartments, poignantly awkward couplings, office trysts, schoolgirl crushes, elopements, tentative courtships, and rampant infidelity, shot through with lurid violence, romantic illusion, and surprising tenderness. With the satirical eye of Cindy Sherman, Petrushevskaya blends macabre spectacle with transformative moments of grace and shows just why she is Russia's preeminent contemporary fiction writer.




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 Although a prolific writer of plays and short stories, her work remained unpublished until the mid-1980s and the glasnost of Gorbachev.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.

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