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The Literary Event Of Halloween A Book Of Otherworldly Power From Russia S Preeminent Contemporary Fiction WriterVanishings And Apparitions, 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 This was actually a pretty big disappointment It totally sounded like the kind of book I would love scary Russian fairytales Yes, please Sadly however, the stories got pretty repetitive after a while, it was written in a very cold and distant way throughout and thus, I never felt any sort of connection to any of the characters Consequently, I was also never actually truly scared by what happened, even though some weird sh t happens in this book Just not the kind of weird sh t I could grasp or appreciate The only stories that stood out to me in some way were the title story perfectly dark and twisted , and the very last story, The Black Coat the only story that had any emotional impact on me. Dark and haunting, Petrushevskaya s stories have a deeper meaning to them than you would think at first glance They might start off as fairy tales,There once lived , but they soon turn less than ordinary There is this strange and surreal feel to them, a certain otherworldly quality, bordering on the supernatural In them we encounter people struggling through poverty, war, diseases, sadness and death, often experienced through a parallel realm, called Orchards of Unusual Possibilities, sort of an Underworld Although some are pretty short, they all left their mark.The ones that really stood out to me areRevengein which the woman of the title tried to kill her neighbour s baby,The Cabbage patch Motherwho keeps herself busy with a tiny little daughter the size of a droplet, andMarilena s Secretwhere Marilena knows a secret or two With this book I conclude the May Short Story Month Marathon, a personal challenge during which Alex and I went through our short story collection in this last week of May I added a little twist to it by reading books by authors I haven t read from before. Now that s a puzzling title, who almost screams Marketing plans , because there is no story with such title in this collection There is one story with the idea, yes, but the title is less shocking andevocative Revenge I ve learnt my lesson, in that I ll be suspicious of books with flashy titles from now on The title of another translation of her stories is even flashier There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister s Husband, and He Hanged Himself C mon The stories are grouped in four sections, according to themes and publication in Russia Most of them are dark and surreal, with women and men on the brink of despair Some characters are struggling between life and death, others are already dead Some undergo mystical experiences, others are propelled into a parallel universe, a secondary reality which Petrushevskaya calls the Orchard of Unusual Possibilities The harsh realities of living conditions under Soviet regime were no surprise, since I ve spent my childhood in a communist country Their novelty aspect was wasted on me I don t think I even noticed the crammed apartments, the lack of food and other peculiarities presented in these stories, which could prompt other readers from the West to exclaim Oh, how could those poor people live like that It seems we were able to live and survive, after all Despite my complaints below, I did find a couple of really good stories now and then, especially in the last section, Fairy Tales , which redeemed the entire collection From Songs of the Eastern Slavs RevengeFrom Allegories Hygiene, The New Robinson CrusoesFrom Requiems The Fountain House, Two Kingdoms, There s Someone in the HouseFrom Fairy Tales The Cabbage patch Mother, Marilena s Secret, The Black Coat my favorite My biggest complaint with these short stories is that a lot of them are way too short As in one page short, in some cases After finishing a couple of stories, I was quite puzzled by their shortness and thought my copy was defective Moreover, the language seemed strange, like I was reading a r sum There must be something , the book I have is definitely faulty , I thought I checked Goodreads and I was relieved to find the same complaints in a couple of reviews Now, the translators say that these stories are so short because they are told in the manner of urban folk tales Like the ones you hear spoken in whispers, with a mysterious air, at camp fires or in grandmother s back yard This might explain their length, but couldn t prevent my dissatisfaction Another complaint is that most stories are predictable After reading one or two, I started to prophetize Oh, this guy is a ghost , Ok, this woman is going to die and so on Not to mention that the stories are not scary at all I couldn t have beenunflinching or composed as I was with these stories The suspense and final revelation that are talked about didn t work for me.It is said that Ludmilla Petrushevskaya writes in the tradition of Gogol and Poe I don t remember any of their stories, but I hope they don t have the same rudimentary feeling about them.There are good things about the stories, though, namely the ideas behind them Some are really good and to my knowledge even original, and I ll probably remember them for quite a while I was frustrated that these ideas, which had a lot of potential, were not developed into larger narratives And again, the language Sometimes it was really unappealing, but it might be the fault of translation although I doubt that Ludmilla Petrushevskaya s life could become an interesting story in itself the death of her first husband only 32 years old prompted a risky trip to Lithuania, where she wanted to visit Thomas Mann s summer house but also promote her writing, which was banned in Russia In spite of the freedom she tasted there, she had to return because of her child Her writing was far from being political explicit, yet it was not welcomed in Russia because it was dark and full of despair After Soviet Union began to fall apart, some writers who had never been allowed in print before including Ludmilla Petrushevskaya began to be published She became a major figure of contemporary Russian literature, although she remains controversial. Apparently Petrushevskaya was basically banned in Russia for being extremely pessimistic and bleak, and good God this book will not fill you with joy and sunshine the title s a warning, not a joke Instead you ll find state corruption, human misery, ghosts, messed up unnatural phenomena and alcoholic wise men There s very little outsmarting of pixies or cannibal witches to achieve your happily ever afters in these upside down, modern Russian fairy tales.I praise the hell out of the author for her imagination, but also because she offers something muchrealistic and important than your typical happy ending Despite the occassional goriness, turbulent fates and horror, Petrushkeya gives one utterly crucial lesson which not enough fables advise just keep going.Don t cave in, don t look for easy answers or witchcraft resolutions , give in to your baser instincts or let extreme odds wreck your hopes Whatever happens, always, always, just keep going. The story referred to in the title is the one called Revenge It s aptly titled because it is about relationships.I love this book.I ve only read one short story by Petrushevskaya in another collection I picked this up over the weekend at a bookstore I had heard good things about it.It s nice to know that sometimes the hype is correct.This book is a collection of Petrushevskaya sfairy tale genre fiction, so fantasy, magic realism, and fairy tale It is split into four different sections Some tales are scary and all are touching.The tales mostly focus on women and those that don t tend to focus on fathers While on the surface, the stories appear to be ghost stories or fantasy, there are deeper currents that would seem to indicate why her writing wasn t published much under communism.It s hard to make an aboslute favorite There is a beautiful story about a girl found in a cabbage leaf and how the woman who finds her becomes a mother, there is an equally haunting story about a father trying to say good bye to his son before the son leaves for the army The title story is shocking, but not in the way the title on the book cover suggests In fact, it is farpowerful than the title suggests There is a wonderfully funny story about twin dancers who turn into a fat lady.In some ways, the last story, The Black Coat , is, perhaps, the most emotionally impacting To say anythingthan that would be to spoil it, and that would be wrong.The blurb on the back on the back compares Petrushevskaya to Gogol and Poe I haven t read much Gogol, so I m not going to make that comparsion While I can see why some might compare to her Poe, she is closer in style to Angela Carter, though in translation her language isfluid,everyday Her tone, at times, ishumorous, so the Carter comparsion doesn t quite fit She reminds me of Carter, Byatt, and Terry Pratchett, like the three of them had a Russian kid. Some of these are better than others Hygiene, The New Robinson Crusoes, The God Poseidon, and Marilena s Secret were the best in my opinion. I actually did not intend to read this all in one sitting, but it happened for better or for worse These nineteen stories or fairy tales are comfortably short reads They all are mystical and dark, with some undertones of Edgar Allan Poe and Anton Chekhov I picked up on the Chekhov primarily because of the whole Russian Connection thing, but also because I just finished The Portable Chekhov I mean, it s sort of hard to miss now.These are the kinds of stories I like totally bizarre, not your normal everyday sort of stories, and certainly not the kind of fairy tales you would read to your children I like to say they reakin to the original non Disneyfied fairy tales the dark and spooky kind In their mysticism I can t help but compare the stories to Zoran Zivkovic s Impossible Stories or Strange Forces by Lugones Petrushevskaya is no stranger to the bitterness and wariness of a lot of Russian novelists, and in that way she reflects all the traditional writers that came before her But she s on her own road by taking that same bitterness and turning it into fantastic allegorical short stories Seriously, how often can a plague be used to describe Soviet living conditions before it s just, Oh, ho hum Petrushevskaya takes similar stories and puts this cracked out twist on them that makes for interesting and fresh reading. I grew up listening to West African stories as deliciously weird as these ones, so once I perused my shelves and once again came across this collection by Petrushevskaya, I found myself interrupting my other reads, on a Sunday night, just to revisit these stories While I don t agree that the collection is a Halloween one, I find that it is daring in its simple majestical and mystical storytelling These stories include the strange, the surreal, the supernatural, the things that will have you shaking your head in disbelief, while also willing to suspend such disbelief if only for a momentHe discovered a little hole below his neck, like an extra eye, from which tears poured out. Petrushevskaya takes the concept of short stories and makes it her own, which probably explains why, in official Soviet literature, she remained out of favor for years Her stories about the lives of women were said to be too dark, too direct, and too forbidding Yes, there is darkness and despair within these stories, there are illnesses and psychological disorders And yet there are also life lessons After all, does fiction not impart emotional truth Petrushevskaya watched her husband die at the tender age of thirty two he had been paralyzed the last six years of his life In stories like My Love and The Fountain House two of my favorites , she explores death and disease and the effects they have on the mind Her endings are a strange mixture of satisfaction and confusion The beginnings, daring There once lived a girl who was killed, then brought back to lifeDirect She certainly is that If her stories were analyzed according to law school essay requirements, they would follow the repetition of the CRAC method Conclusion Rule Analysis Conclusion In fact she is still banned from most Russian readers lists, they say, because it cannot be accepted that she existed so far outside the ordinary conventions of literary life and has achieved classic stature If anything, this makes me admire her The father takes hold of his son s sleeve, begins to scream, and wakes up in the United States, in the form of an unhappy immigrant named Grisha, who s been abandoned by his hardworking wife six months after they arrived in the States. Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, is a virtual unknown here in the States but a very big deal in her native Russia.Many of these stories fit roughly into a category of literature that Franco Bulgarian structuralist Tzvetan Todorov calls the Fantastic simply put texts that cause the reader to hesitate between natural and supernatural explanations for the events described, much like Henry James The Turn of the Screw.The fantastic can be present in works where the reader experiences hesitation about whether or not a work presents what Todorov calls the uncanny According to Todorov, this hesitation involves two outcomes The fantastic requires the fulfillment of three conditions First, the text must oblige the reader to consider the world of the characters as a world of living persons and to hesitate between a natural or supernatural explanation of the events described Second, this hesitation may also be experienced by a character thus the reader s role is so to speak entrusted to a character, and at the same time the hesitation is represented, it becomes one of the themes of the work in the case of naive reading, the actual reader identifies himself with the character Third, the reader must adopt a certain attitude with regard to the text he will reject allegorical as well as poetic interpretations The Fantastic can also represent dreams as well as wakefulness where the character, or readers themselves, hesitates as to what is reality or what is a dream But again the Fantastic is found in this hesitation and once it is decided the Fantastic ends.The blurb on the back on the back compares Petrushevskaya to Gogol and Poe I haven t read much Gogol, so I m not going to make that comparison But I can see why some might compare her to Poe, although in translation her language isfluid,everyday and her tone, at times, is alsohumorous than Poe s Valentine Garfunkel in a review in PopMatters, an international online magazine of cultural criticism, had this to say about the book, Ultimately, these stories were not intended to sustain such critical scrutiny Condense in form and plot, There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor s Baby is best approached as an assortment of appetizing little vignettes, best enjoyed compulsively, in one gulp, rather than chewed over For in their plain, colloquial language, they evoke, in Petrushevskaya s own words, the urgent hastiness of bus conversations, with the speaker making sure you come to the point before the bus stops and the other person has to get off As everyone from the U.S.A to the U.S.S.R knows, the important thing is to make sure to get off the bus before the old babushka grasps your thigh with her horny, wrinkled palm, turns her withered face to you, and starts spinning one of her ole yarns This book was in all honesty a big disappointment It originally sounded like the kind of book I would love, scary Russian fairytales, but the stories soon became repetitive and were written in a very cold and distant way thus, I never felt any real significant sort of connection to any of the characters or it s themes A lot of weird shit happens yes, but not the kind of weird shit that you can appreciate The only stories that stood out to me in any way were the title story, perfectly dark and twisted, and the very last story, The Black Coat, which was the only story that had any emotional impact on me whatsoever.