Baba Yaga Laid an Egg

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Canongate, May 20, 2010 - Baba Yaga (Legendary character) - 256 pages
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'Ugresic is a writer to follow. A writer to be cherished.'
Susan Sontag

Baba Yaga is an old hag who lives in a house built on chicken legs and eats children. She appears in many forms: as Pupa, a tricksy, cantankerous old woman who keeps her legs tucked into a huge furry boot; as a trio of mischievous elderly women who embark on the trip of a lifetime to a hotel spa; and as a villainous flock of ravens, black hens and magpies infected with the H5N1 virus. But what story does Baba Yaga have to tell us today?

This is a quizzical tale about one of the most pervasive and powerful creatures in all mythology, and an extraordinary yarn of identity, secrets, storytelling and love.

'Packed with intellectual surprises and emotional revelations.'
Tina Jackson, Metro

'Ugresic's retelling may be blisteringly postmodern in its execution but at its heart is a human warmth and even a
silliness that infuses it with the sweet magic of storytelling.'
Melissa Katsoulis, The Times

'A profound and startling meditation on the themes of femininity and ageing.'
London Review of Books

'Beautifully written . . . its humane vision of the world is driven by great imaginative impetus.'
Times Literary Supplement

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User Review  - Othemts - LibraryThing

This is a novel in three parts. The first part features a narrator's concerns about dementia in her aging mother, and traveling to her mother's childhood home in Bulgaria with a young folklore scholar ... Read full review

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User Review  - SChant - LibraryThing

Tiptree winner 2010. Got up to page 64 - there was nothing that could be identified as science-fiction or fantasy, nothing to do with gender-related themes, and crucially, nothing remotely interesting. Threw it on my "charity shop" pile and moved on! Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Dubravka Ugresic was born in 1949 in Yugoslavia. She has published both novels and books of essays. Her books have been translated into more then twenty languages and she has received several major European literary awards, including the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, known as the 'American Nobel', in 2016. She was also a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize 2009. She is now based in Amsterdam.

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