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.
The first story of this collection by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby, contains, in its mere six pages: a prophetic dream, an unearthed coffin, a decimated military unit, and a "charred stump" of flesh rolling about the floor of an unstable airplane. Lest there be any doubt, we're in Russia.