Baba Yaga Laid an Egg

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Canongate Books, Nov 2, 2007 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Baba Yaga is a witch-like character who flies around on a giant mortar, kidnapping (and presumably eating) small children. She lives in a house on chicken feet. She is generally a terrifying figure, portrayed not only in literature but also film, animation and music throughout Russian culture. Dubravka Ugresic takes the story of Baba Yaga and weaves it into something completely fresh. The result is an extraordinary meditation on femininity, ageing, identity, secrets, storytelling and love.

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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  - TadAD - LibraryThing

This peculiar trio of tales—by turns tragedy and comedy—is about old age, and misogyny, and loneliness, and mothers and daughters, and young men. They are the Baba Yaga stories, not so much retold ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

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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