There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself
Penguin
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
“A Murky Fate”
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“A Murky Fate,” is from Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s collection THERE ONCE LIVED A GIRL WHO SEDUCED HER SISTER’S HUSBAND, AND HE HANGED HIMSELF,” slyly subtitled “Love Stories” (Penguin). These 17 tales have been selected and translated by Anna Summers.

 

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.

 

Praise for Petrushevskaya:

“This celebrated Russian author is so disquieting that long after Solzhenitsyn had been published in the Soviet Union, her fiction was banned – even though nothing about it screams ‘political’ or ‘dissident’ or anything else. It just screams.” – Elle

 

“Her suspenseful writing calls to mind the creepiness of Poe and the psychological acuity (and sly irony) of Chekhov.”  – More

 

“Her witchy magic foments an unsettling brew of conscience and consequences.”  – The New York Times Book Review

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