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Baba Yaga Laid an Egg

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"Multilayered narratives come together as an exploration of femininity, identity, mortality, and folklore's wondrous powers." —Booklist

According to Slavic myth, Baba Yaga is a witch who lives in a house built on chicken legs and kidnaps small children. In Baba Yaga Laid an Egg, internationally acclaimed writer Dubravka Ugresic takes the timeless legend and spins it into a fresh and distinctly modern tale of femininity, aging, identity, and love.

With barbed wisdom and razor-sharp wit, Ugresic weaves together the stories of four women in contemporary Eastern Europe: a writer who grants her dying mother's final wish by traveling to her hometown in Bulgaria, an elderly woman who wakes up every day hoping to die, a buxom blonde hospital worker who's given up on love, and a serial widow who harbors a secret talent for writing. Through the women's fears and desires, and their struggles against invisibility, Ugresic presents a brilliantly postmodern retelling of an ancient myth that is infused with humanity and the joy of storytelling.

"Ugresic's postmodern take on myth, femininity, and aging provides a beautifully written window into Slavic literature." —Publishers Weekly

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Publisher: Grove Atlantic

Kindle Book

  • Release date: January 11, 2011

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  • ISBN: 9780802197634
  • Release date: January 11, 2011

EPUB ebook

  • ISBN: 9780802197634
  • File size: 17233 KB
  • Release date: January 11, 2011

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Kindle Book
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subjects

Fiction Literature

Languages

English

"Multilayered narratives come together as an exploration of femininity, identity, mortality, and folklore's wondrous powers." —Booklist

According to Slavic myth, Baba Yaga is a witch who lives in a house built on chicken legs and kidnaps small children. In Baba Yaga Laid an Egg, internationally acclaimed writer Dubravka Ugresic takes the timeless legend and spins it into a fresh and distinctly modern tale of femininity, aging, identity, and love.

With barbed wisdom and razor-sharp wit, Ugresic weaves together the stories of four women in contemporary Eastern Europe: a writer who grants her dying mother's final wish by traveling to her hometown in Bulgaria, an elderly woman who wakes up every day hoping to die, a buxom blonde hospital worker who's given up on love, and a serial widow who harbors a secret talent for writing. Through the women's fears and desires, and their struggles against invisibility, Ugresic presents a brilliantly postmodern retelling of an ancient myth that is infused with humanity and the joy of storytelling.

"Ugresic's postmodern take on myth, femininity, and aging provides a beautifully written window into Slavic literature." —Publishers Weekly

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