Immortal Love: Stories
Pantheon Books, 1995 - 348 pages
When Ludmilla Petrushevskaya's novel The Time: Night was published in 1994, American readers were introduced to one of the most admired, acclaimed, and controversial writers at work in Russia today. Now, with Immortal Love, we have all of her short fiction from the past two decades in one superb volume.
Against a backdrop of cramped apartments, short rations, and the diminished expectations of Soviet Russia, these fiercely straightforward stories illuminate the lives of women and the ways in which they explain and understand themselves. In narratives and monologues they battle for love, living space, and money. They instigate or are helplessly dragged into family quarrels and rivalries. They test the assumptions of youth and face the panics of middle age. They discover in themselves the capacity to feel both passionate love and blinding hate for the children, men, and other women who inhabit their lives.
First published in Moscow in 1988, Immortal Love is a ringing confirmation of Petrushevskaya's reputation as a writer of ruthless humor, penetrating insight, and powerful impact. In this collection she gives extraordinary voice to dozens of singular women whose stories of daily struggle and tenacious, if sometimes baffled, hope have the deeply resonant emotional truth of the most universal of tales.
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Immortal love: storiesUser Review - Book Verdict
A mother who has just taken her son back to the kindergarten where he is a boarding student persuades him to stop grasping her skirt by suggesting he pick her a bouquet of wildflowers. But when he runs to do her bidding, she quickly leaves the school. Vera is attracted to a "little man" in her office, much to the consternation of her father, who works for the same company; Tolya, invited to the home of a friend, falls asleep after dinner and doesn't wake until morning; Shura, professing to be interested only in the "principle of the chase," bores his friends with too many retellings of the night "N" tried to seduce him. And so the stories go. Characters, many without names, people these 36 short pieces, most of which are between five and ten pages long. Petrushevskaya's characters and settings rarely receive a physical description, resulting in stories that too often appear to be only a working outline. Still, the author has solid credentials, having won a Pushkin Prize, been runner-up for the first Russian Booker Prize (1992), and been translated into many languages. Recommended for Russian literature collections.--Olivia Opello, Onondaga Cty. P.L., N.Y.
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As its title indicates; this is a book about love. There are stories about different kinds of love: love from a son to his mother; despite the fact that she manipulated and betrayed him in so many ...
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