Hi havia una vegada una noia que va seduir el marit de la

Hi havia una vegada una noia que va seduir el marit de la


10 thoughts on “Hi havia una vegada una noia que va seduir el marit de la seva germana, i ell es va penjar d'un arbre. Històries d'amor.

  1. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    There once lived a guy who was seduced by the short stories of Lyudmila Petrushevskaya.Well, that s what he was hoping for anyway.Being intrigued by one of her titles, he marched across town to try and grab a copy As it turned out, he was only mildly impressed with her antics, but at least the book wasn t bad enough for him to end up suspended from the nearest wooden beam Two things to note about some of the people in these stories, they are morbidly twisted and they are cramped in tight condi There once lived a guy who was seduced by the short stories of Lyudmila Petrushevskaya.Well, that s what he was hoping for anyway.Being intrigued by one of her titles, he marched across town to try and grab a copy As it turned out, he was only mildly impressed with her antics, but at least the book wasn t bad enough for him to end up suspended from the nearest wooden beam Two things to note about some of the people in these stories, they are morbidly twisted and they are cramped in tight conditions Trying to form any sort of happy relationship that has the power to last, whilst living in ghoulish apartments congested with different relatives breathing down their necks was never going to an easy thing It s little surprise most of the main characters in these stories are moody, poor, sexually frustrated, and never to be trusted Forget the candlelight diner for two, snuggling up on the sofa watching a sexy movie, or gazing into each other s eyes whilst running fingers through hair, as some of the behaviour that goes on within, I would hardly call lovable.The stories edge towards a thematic centre in the drama of maternal love, the kind only found with those surviving in extreme spaces There are would be mothers, once were mothers, and troubled souls living through madness and loneliness They are not happy stories for sure, and only evoke slight sympathy in understanding their plight, as Petrushevskaya has a habit of using changes in the vocabulary, perspective, rhythm and intonation that sneaks up on you like a ninja The changes when they happen go from the bizarre and bewildering, to the vulgar and outrageous There was never a fine balance whilst reading these stories, they had a schizophrenic nature that I still don t really know what to make of Some hit me straight away, whilst others were so short it was difficult to get worked up about them.There is humour, there is irony, and there is redemption, some big themes are squeezed into the smallest of spaces, and the stories do shout rather than whisper, so that s good thing But the juxtapositional fate of her characters, and the fact they had such high expectations when it comes to love, takes away the aspect of ever feeling truly believable Added to fact the world here seemed so unbearably gloomy and unhealthy, I wanted nothingthan to stand under a rainbow tinted waterfall on a tropical island You know, like the women do in those shampoo adverts.2.5 5


  2. Antigone Antigone says:

    You know these women You must.A mother, an aunt, a family friend A group of hens who go to lunch, play bridge, take tea Women who dish, who gossip, who have news a funny story, a juicy tidbit, a rumor, a suspicion, an aside Women who come to chairs, finally, after a long day s labor who collapse with a huff and take a minute as the bones re settle and the mind clears whose first steady breath spikes a tale, a twist of insight, a seasoning of observation These graying biddies who chat, an You know these women You must.A mother, an aunt, a family friend A group of hens who go to lunch, play bridge, take tea Women who dish, who gossip, who have news a funny story, a juicy tidbit, a rumor, a suspicion, an aside Women who come to chairs, finally, after a long day s labor who collapse with a huff and take a minute as the bones re settle and the mind clears whose first steady breath spikes a tale, a twist of insight, a seasoning of observation These graying biddies who chat, and whom the brash so frequently dismiss those youthful hedonists, convinced as they are that activity s value lies solely in the physical that an active intellect at such an advanced stage can produce nothing of relevance Those who choose, as a matter of course, the gym, the sport, the concert, the party, the movie, the text, the game, over the tittle tattle of the aged Andthe fools they.I used to sit at her feet in rapture My grandmother told an excellent tale.And this is, of course, the genesis of the fairy story, the fable, the proverb, the adage the very seed of the ubiquitous clich It s the ancient teaching moment The time and place the most critical of all wisdoms are conveyed Rich with emotional affirmation and heartfelt warning here is where she s going to tell you how best not to make your mistakes Here is where she will inform you, gently, how hard life truly is Here is where she will show you, with this little bit of scandal about a man she once knew, what lovers to avoid.And this is a resource Ludmilla Petrushevskaya well understandsRussia is a land of women Homers, women who tell stories orally Just like that, without inventing anything They re extraordinarily talented storytellers I m just a listener among them Ludmilla Petrushevskaya is considered one of the most prominent contemporary writers in Russia She s won the Pushkin Prize, the Russian State Prize, the Stanislavsky Award and the Triumph Prize, among other honors in her long career Novelist, playwright, artist she took up singing and songwriting in her mid sixties She s a whirling dervish of a talent, and in this small collection of seventeen tales she bends her focus to the eminently pragmatic truths of her favorite female philosophers Until Clarissa turned seventeen not a single soul admired or noticed her in that respect she was not unlike Cinderella or the Ugly Duckling At an age when most girls are sensitive to beauty and look for it everywhere, Clarissa was a primitive, absent minded creature who stared openmouthed at trivial things, like the teacher wiping off the blackboard, and God knows what thoughts ran through her head In her last year at school she was involved in a fight It was provoked by an insult Clarissa believed had been directed at her In fact, the word wasn t directed at Clarissa or anyone in particular very few words had been said about her , but instead of explaining this, the boy simply slapped her back During that time Clarissa imagined herself as a young heroine alone in a hostile world Apparently she believed that every situation had something to do with her, although very few didHere is the voice of the Soviet sage, addressing all our foibles and frailties, drawing us further into the realities of life with actions only rarely pretty and people only rarely fine, but a journey to be respected nonetheless


  3. karen karen says:

    seriously, penguin you deny me the netgalley DON T YOU KNOW WHO I AM did you think i was jason because i am not this is a great injustice


  4. Rossy Rossy says:

    DNF at 75%.The title sounded so promising, but the stories were tedious, most of them, uninteresting, and the endings felt rushed or incomplete even for short stories.


  5. Ammar Ammar says:

    This collection of love stories and broken hearts against various Russian and soviet backdrops is realistic full of tears and love along a prism of emotions that the author shoots up our arms


  6. Ashley Olson Ashley Olson says:

    All of the stories go like this, in the same fashion as the title It went like this There one was a girl who seduced her sister s husband, and he hanged himself It went like this There was an adult woman who lived with her grandmother and then her lover came over after work and they had sex on the couch with her grandmother in the same room, then the grandmother died and then the woman became pregnant It went like this There was a fat old woman who was fat because she was poor and she hat All of the stories go like this, in the same fashion as the title It went like this There one was a girl who seduced her sister s husband, and he hanged himself It went like this There was an adult woman who lived with her grandmother and then her lover came over after work and they had sex on the couch with her grandmother in the same room, then the grandmother died and then the woman became pregnant It went like this There was a fat old woman who was fat because she was poor and she hated her husband so she chased him down the street and told everyone that her daughter was pregnant with her husband s child This happened, and then this happened, and then this happened And it does it tells you exactly what happened, all the time It s frank, but too frank, as it falls into the classic show, don t tell, category I really tried on this one I was drawn to the promise of pessimism, strong Russian women, the poverty, the close quarters.The title alone begged the book to be read, and I d looked forward to it since I read the review in the Times But the Times told the story much better than all of the short stories themselves I was looking forward to being disturbed and uncomfortable, but the disjointed narrative though I realize this was translated from Russian, which is why I tried so hard so like it even though I initially did not and disjointed events inside each short story left me feeling unsatisfied


  7. B.R. Sanders B.R. Sanders says:

    NOTES ON DIVERSITY Petrushevskaya s stories are not diverse on the surface It s not explicit, but I read most of the characters as white The stories love stories, the cover claims appeared to be hetero in nature.The bulk of these love stories are focused on women, and what is remarkable about these stories is the great breadth of Russian femininity that Petrushevskaya tracks through her stories The stories are pulled from the full spread of her writing career, and across them we have old h NOTES ON DIVERSITY Petrushevskaya s stories are not diverse on the surface It s not explicit, but I read most of the characters as white The stories love stories, the cover claims appeared to be hetero in nature.The bulk of these love stories are focused on women, and what is remarkable about these stories is the great breadth of Russian femininity that Petrushevskaya tracks through her stories The stories are pulled from the full spread of her writing career, and across them we have old heroines and very young heroines and heroines settling into middle age We have hopeful and dour heroines Beautiful, but mostly homely heroines Bright and slow heroines Heroines of virtually every description.And, also specific to Russia, we have heroines that live in Soviet Russia and heroines that live in a Russia which has once again begun to flirt with capitalism We see, through Petrushevskaya s eyes, the great and remarkable changes that Russian society went through while she lived, and how great or small an impact those changes made on the daily lives of its citizens.REVIEW Petrushevskaya has a light hand with narration and a uncanny, unflinching eye for vicious detail These are love stories, but they are horror stories, too These are stories, almost uniformly, about how completely random and obliterating and destructive love can be She is a sly, deadpan writer, and the stories are like those told by your aunt who s seen too much and who is always slightly drunk at holiday dinners, but who is charismatic and fascinating anyway.The only real fault I have with the collection is repetition Sixteen stories is a lot to read in one go, especially when the themes are so consistent and similar I wish the collection had been shorter, that the ten best and brightest had been chosen But, then again, every anthology is a bit of a shot in the dark, yes My top ten are probably not your top ten.Speaking of, stand outs for me, anyway were Two Deities , Tamara s Baby , A Happy Ending, and especially Milgrom._____ I would not venture to say that she is somehow speaking to all of womanhood or across all women s experience That is certainly not true But she does seem to speak to a great swath of Russian women s experience I would think I am not Russian


  8. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    Reading Petrushevskaya is like being cornered by a really charismatic stranger and being told about lives you d really rather not hear about And perhaps those are the best stories, where you have to listen, mesmerised and a bit appalled It leaves a lingering discomfort because that story was told to you and you re not quite sure why It has to mean something I loved Petrushevskaya s collection


  9. Airiz Airiz says:

    Short stories possess a kind of magic that novels sometimes do not have The worlds in them seem smaller because of their length, but I came to realize that this is nothing but a hypercritical verdict the worlds in them are in truth so much bigger, as there is a plethora of possibilities hanging at the ledge of every tale s abrupt end The readers often get to be the mind pilots when they reach the said ledge, imagining what would happen past the borders These tales are like tiny pieces of a u Short stories possess a kind of magic that novels sometimes do not have The worlds in them seem smaller because of their length, but I came to realize that this is nothing but a hypercritical verdict the worlds in them are in truth so much bigger, as there is a plethora of possibilities hanging at the ledge of every tale s abrupt end The readers often get to be the mind pilots when they reach the said ledge, imagining what would happen past the borders These tales are like tiny pieces of a universe pulled apart and made to stand alone The very good ones are strong enough to make a reader believe they do not need to be a part of something bigger in order to do what volumes of others could, from something as small as scraping the reader s heart to something as large as totally changing someone s life Imagine what an anthology of these kinds of stories would be like But let us keep in mind that a tale s power is directly tied to its effect to the audience In the end, it is still a matter of preference and taste what can reduce you to tears may only be able to make me arch an eyebrow what can make me laugh like there is no tomorrow may only make you shrug.Considering this, I believe that Ludmilla Petrushevskaya s s anthology There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister s Husband, and He Hanged Himself Love Stories may be regarded as a powerful collection, but one whose clout does not quite hit my heart s bull s eye nor grabbed at my interest for long The title did arrest my curiosity, I ll admit, but it was its contents that I have a few concerns with Don t get me wrong the stories have a lot to offer They bring forth a blend of bittersweetness, hope, desperation, grit, heartbreak They flash facets of histories of women who sought, found, and lost love in a variety of places and situations seedy apartments that witnessed infidelities, hasty and messy one night stands, hesitant romances in corporate bubbles, trysts crutched by temporary bliss, and label less relationships They feature an assortment of women, too there are strong ones, weak ones , and those lodged in between But even though there is a lengthy list of rave reviews for this anthology and the one that preceded it There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor s Baby Scary Fairy Tales , I cannot seem to find a concrete element in it that will make me cherish it as something that is utterly remarkable.I think my main concern with the whole thing is that even though the stories are meant to be stand alones, the characters and in effect, the situations they are in seem to bleed into each other And I am not talking in a seamless, spin off like Venn Diagram way either It was as if there is a handful of templates for characters that get recycled for the individual tales, as though there is a lone element that make them identical in voice and demeanor.The result, for me, is that there is no character that stood out Well written characters are vital for short stories because they often drive the whole tale with them Like what I said in the beginning of this review, there might be a bigger universe outside a short story s concrete margins when it reaches the end, but the space where characters could establish themselves as beings worthy of being remembered is very small The process of character creation and or development should happen here it could not extend to those unseen margins.I liked how each story unfolded, though The successions of every scene hold a flavor of honesty and simplicity their undemanding messages could be conveyed to their audience effortlessly Remembering these bits as something notable could be a lot easier if their anchors the characters, of course are as strongly knitted as they are.2.5 stars


  10. Emma Deplores larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Censorship Emma Deplores larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Censorship says:

    This is a really interesting, distinctive short story collection, focusing on domestic life in late Soviet post Soviet Russia most of the stories take place in and around cramped Moscow apartments Several generations often live together with too little space and too little money, parents often suspect that their adult children are scheming to take ownership of the precious apartment, and when love appears it s imperfect, marked by the characters own deficiencies, and can t be relied upon to l This is a really interesting, distinctive short story collection, focusing on domestic life in late Soviet post Soviet Russia most of the stories take place in and around cramped Moscow apartments Several generations often live together with too little space and too little money, parents often suspect that their adult children are scheming to take ownership of the precious apartment, and when love appears it s imperfect, marked by the characters own deficiencies, and can t be relied upon to last.The stories are very short, ranging from 4 18 pages in length, and with generous font and spacing And the writing style is pared down and matter of fact I found the stories interesting and enjoyable though, and they certainly give a strong sense of what life was like for regular people in this particular place and time This is apparently a compilation of stories the author wrote over several decades, but they re remarkably consistent in tone and quality My favorite was Like Penelope, and other stand outs for me were Ali Baba and Eros s Way, but it doesn t surprise me a bit to see different readers preferring different stories The translator also did a fantastic job of rendering the stories in common, sometimes biting English, so that it s hard to believe they were translated at all.I can see why this collection doesn t work for everyone, given that the stories are relatively brief and often bleak But I think it is worth a read If for no other reason than that Petrushevskaya s work was banned in Russia even longer than some well known political works apparently for portraying too gritty a picture of everyday life


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  • Hi havia una vegada una noia que va seduir el marit de la seva germana, i ell es va penjar d'un arbre. Històries d'amor.
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About the Author: Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

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10 thoughts on “Hi havia una vegada una noia que va seduir el marit de la seva germana, i ell es va penjar d'un arbre. Històries d'amor.

  1. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    There once lived a guy who was seduced by the short stories of Lyudmila Petrushevskaya.Well, that s what he was hoping for anyway.Being intrigued by one of her titles, he marched across town to try and grab a copy As it turned out, he was only mildly impressed with her antics, but at least the book wasn t bad enough for him to end up suspended from the nearest wooden beam Two things to note about some of the people in these stories, they are morbidly twisted and they are cramped in tight condi There once lived a guy who was seduced by the short stories of Lyudmila Petrushevskaya.Well, that s what he was hoping for anyway.Being intrigued by one of her titles, he marched across town to try and grab a copy As it turned out, he was only mildly impressed with her antics, but at least the book wasn t bad enough for him to end up suspended from the nearest wooden beam Two things to note about some of the people in these stories, they are morbidly twisted and they are cramped in tight conditions Trying to form any sort of happy relationship that has the power to last, whilst living in ghoulish apartments congested with different relatives breathing down their necks was never going to an easy thing It s little surprise most of the main characters in these stories are moody, poor, sexually frustrated, and never to be trusted Forget the candlelight diner for two, snuggling up on the sofa watching a sexy movie, or gazing into each other s eyes whilst running fingers through hair, as some of the behaviour that goes on within, I would hardly call lovable.The stories edge towards a thematic centre in the drama of maternal love, the kind only found with those surviving in extreme spaces There are would be mothers, once were mothers, and troubled souls living through madness and loneliness They are not happy stories for sure, and only evoke slight sympathy in understanding their plight, as Petrushevskaya has a habit of using changes in the vocabulary, perspective, rhythm and intonation that sneaks up on you like a ninja The changes when they happen go from the bizarre and bewildering, to the vulgar and outrageous There was never a fine balance whilst reading these stories, they had a schizophrenic nature that I still don t really know what to make of Some hit me straight away, whilst others were so short it was difficult to get worked up about them.There is humour, there is irony, and there is redemption, some big themes are squeezed into the smallest of spaces, and the stories do shout rather than whisper, so that s good thing But the juxtapositional fate of her characters, and the fact they had such high expectations when it comes to love, takes away the aspect of ever feeling truly believable Added to fact the world here seemed so unbearably gloomy and unhealthy, I wanted nothingthan to stand under a rainbow tinted waterfall on a tropical island You know, like the women do in those shampoo adverts.2.5 5

  2. Antigone Antigone says:

    You know these women You must.A mother, an aunt, a family friend A group of hens who go to lunch, play bridge, take tea Women who dish, who gossip, who have news a funny story, a juicy tidbit, a rumor, a suspicion, an aside Women who come to chairs, finally, after a long day s labor who collapse with a huff and take a minute as the bones re settle and the mind clears whose first steady breath spikes a tale, a twist of insight, a seasoning of observation These graying biddies who chat, an You know these women You must.A mother, an aunt, a family friend A group of hens who go to lunch, play bridge, take tea Women who dish, who gossip, who have news a funny story, a juicy tidbit, a rumor, a suspicion, an aside Women who come to chairs, finally, after a long day s labor who collapse with a huff and take a minute as the bones re settle and the mind clears whose first steady breath spikes a tale, a twist of insight, a seasoning of observation These graying biddies who chat, and whom the brash so frequently dismiss those youthful hedonists, convinced as they are that activity s value lies solely in the physical that an active intellect at such an advanced stage can produce nothing of relevance Those who choose, as a matter of course, the gym, the sport, the concert, the party, the movie, the text, the game, over the tittle tattle of the aged Andthe fools they.I used to sit at her feet in rapture My grandmother told an excellent tale.And this is, of course, the genesis of the fairy story, the fable, the proverb, the adage the very seed of the ubiquitous clich It s the ancient teaching moment The time and place the most critical of all wisdoms are conveyed Rich with emotional affirmation and heartfelt warning here is where she s going to tell you how best not to make your mistakes Here is where she will inform you, gently, how hard life truly is Here is where she will show you, with this little bit of scandal about a man she once knew, what lovers to avoid.And this is a resource Ludmilla Petrushevskaya well understandsRussia is a land of women Homers, women who tell stories orally Just like that, without inventing anything They re extraordinarily talented storytellers I m just a listener among them Ludmilla Petrushevskaya is considered one of the most prominent contemporary writers in Russia She s won the Pushkin Prize, the Russian State Prize, the Stanislavsky Award and the Triumph Prize, among other honors in her long career Novelist, playwright, artist she took up singing and songwriting in her mid sixties She s a whirling dervish of a talent, and in this small collection of seventeen tales she bends her focus to the eminently pragmatic truths of her favorite female philosophers Until Clarissa turned seventeen not a single soul admired or noticed her in that respect she was not unlike Cinderella or the Ugly Duckling At an age when most girls are sensitive to beauty and look for it everywhere, Clarissa was a primitive, absent minded creature who stared openmouthed at trivial things, like the teacher wiping off the blackboard, and God knows what thoughts ran through her head In her last year at school she was involved in a fight It was provoked by an insult Clarissa believed had been directed at her In fact, the word wasn t directed at Clarissa or anyone in particular very few words had been said about her , but instead of explaining this, the boy simply slapped her back During that time Clarissa imagined herself as a young heroine alone in a hostile world Apparently she believed that every situation had something to do with her, although very few didHere is the voice of the Soviet sage, addressing all our foibles and frailties, drawing us further into the realities of life with actions only rarely pretty and people only rarely fine, but a journey to be respected nonetheless

  3. karen karen says:

    seriously, penguin you deny me the netgalley DON T YOU KNOW WHO I AM did you think i was jason because i am not this is a great injustice

  4. Rossy Rossy says:

    DNF at 75%.The title sounded so promising, but the stories were tedious, most of them, uninteresting, and the endings felt rushed or incomplete even for short stories.

  5. Ammar Ammar says:

    This collection of love stories and broken hearts against various Russian and soviet backdrops is realistic full of tears and love along a prism of emotions that the author shoots up our arms

  6. Ashley Olson Ashley Olson says:

    All of the stories go like this, in the same fashion as the title It went like this There one was a girl who seduced her sister s husband, and he hanged himself It went like this There was an adult woman who lived with her grandmother and then her lover came over after work and they had sex on the couch with her grandmother in the same room, then the grandmother died and then the woman became pregnant It went like this There was a fat old woman who was fat because she was poor and she hat All of the stories go like this, in the same fashion as the title It went like this There one was a girl who seduced her sister s husband, and he hanged himself It went like this There was an adult woman who lived with her grandmother and then her lover came over after work and they had sex on the couch with her grandmother in the same room, then the grandmother died and then the woman became pregnant It went like this There was a fat old woman who was fat because she was poor and she hated her husband so she chased him down the street and told everyone that her daughter was pregnant with her husband s child This happened, and then this happened, and then this happened And it does it tells you exactly what happened, all the time It s frank, but too frank, as it falls into the classic show, don t tell, category I really tried on this one I was drawn to the promise of pessimism, strong Russian women, the poverty, the close quarters.The title alone begged the book to be read, and I d looked forward to it since I read the review in the Times But the Times told the story much better than all of the short stories themselves I was looking forward to being disturbed and uncomfortable, but the disjointed narrative though I realize this was translated from Russian, which is why I tried so hard so like it even though I initially did not and disjointed events inside each short story left me feeling unsatisfied

  7. B.R. Sanders B.R. Sanders says:

    NOTES ON DIVERSITY Petrushevskaya s stories are not diverse on the surface It s not explicit, but I read most of the characters as white The stories love stories, the cover claims appeared to be hetero in nature.The bulk of these love stories are focused on women, and what is remarkable about these stories is the great breadth of Russian femininity that Petrushevskaya tracks through her stories The stories are pulled from the full spread of her writing career, and across them we have old h NOTES ON DIVERSITY Petrushevskaya s stories are not diverse on the surface It s not explicit, but I read most of the characters as white The stories love stories, the cover claims appeared to be hetero in nature.The bulk of these love stories are focused on women, and what is remarkable about these stories is the great breadth of Russian femininity that Petrushevskaya tracks through her stories The stories are pulled from the full spread of her writing career, and across them we have old heroines and very young heroines and heroines settling into middle age We have hopeful and dour heroines Beautiful, but mostly homely heroines Bright and slow heroines Heroines of virtually every description.And, also specific to Russia, we have heroines that live in Soviet Russia and heroines that live in a Russia which has once again begun to flirt with capitalism We see, through Petrushevskaya s eyes, the great and remarkable changes that Russian society went through while she lived, and how great or small an impact those changes made on the daily lives of its citizens.REVIEW Petrushevskaya has a light hand with narration and a uncanny, unflinching eye for vicious detail These are love stories, but they are horror stories, too These are stories, almost uniformly, about how completely random and obliterating and destructive love can be She is a sly, deadpan writer, and the stories are like those told by your aunt who s seen too much and who is always slightly drunk at holiday dinners, but who is charismatic and fascinating anyway.The only real fault I have with the collection is repetition Sixteen stories is a lot to read in one go, especially when the themes are so consistent and similar I wish the collection had been shorter, that the ten best and brightest had been chosen But, then again, every anthology is a bit of a shot in the dark, yes My top ten are probably not your top ten.Speaking of, stand outs for me, anyway were Two Deities , Tamara s Baby , A Happy Ending, and especially Milgrom._____ I would not venture to say that she is somehow speaking to all of womanhood or across all women s experience That is certainly not true But she does seem to speak to a great swath of Russian women s experience I would think I am not Russian

  8. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    Reading Petrushevskaya is like being cornered by a really charismatic stranger and being told about lives you d really rather not hear about And perhaps those are the best stories, where you have to listen, mesmerised and a bit appalled It leaves a lingering discomfort because that story was told to you and you re not quite sure why It has to mean something I loved Petrushevskaya s collection

  9. Airiz Airiz says:

    Short stories possess a kind of magic that novels sometimes do not have The worlds in them seem smaller because of their length, but I came to realize that this is nothing but a hypercritical verdict the worlds in them are in truth so much bigger, as there is a plethora of possibilities hanging at the ledge of every tale s abrupt end The readers often get to be the mind pilots when they reach the said ledge, imagining what would happen past the borders These tales are like tiny pieces of a u Short stories possess a kind of magic that novels sometimes do not have The worlds in them seem smaller because of their length, but I came to realize that this is nothing but a hypercritical verdict the worlds in them are in truth so much bigger, as there is a plethora of possibilities hanging at the ledge of every tale s abrupt end The readers often get to be the mind pilots when they reach the said ledge, imagining what would happen past the borders These tales are like tiny pieces of a universe pulled apart and made to stand alone The very good ones are strong enough to make a reader believe they do not need to be a part of something bigger in order to do what volumes of others could, from something as small as scraping the reader s heart to something as large as totally changing someone s life Imagine what an anthology of these kinds of stories would be like But let us keep in mind that a tale s power is directly tied to its effect to the audience In the end, it is still a matter of preference and taste what can reduce you to tears may only be able to make me arch an eyebrow what can make me laugh like there is no tomorrow may only make you shrug.Considering this, I believe that Ludmilla Petrushevskaya s s anthology There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister s Husband, and He Hanged Himself Love Stories may be regarded as a powerful collection, but one whose clout does not quite hit my heart s bull s eye nor grabbed at my interest for long The title did arrest my curiosity, I ll admit, but it was its contents that I have a few concerns with Don t get me wrong the stories have a lot to offer They bring forth a blend of bittersweetness, hope, desperation, grit, heartbreak They flash facets of histories of women who sought, found, and lost love in a variety of places and situations seedy apartments that witnessed infidelities, hasty and messy one night stands, hesitant romances in corporate bubbles, trysts crutched by temporary bliss, and label less relationships They feature an assortment of women, too there are strong ones, weak ones , and those lodged in between But even though there is a lengthy list of rave reviews for this anthology and the one that preceded it There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor s Baby Scary Fairy Tales , I cannot seem to find a concrete element in it that will make me cherish it as something that is utterly remarkable.I think my main concern with the whole thing is that even though the stories are meant to be stand alones, the characters and in effect, the situations they are in seem to bleed into each other And I am not talking in a seamless, spin off like Venn Diagram way either It was as if there is a handful of templates for characters that get recycled for the individual tales, as though there is a lone element that make them identical in voice and demeanor.The result, for me, is that there is no character that stood out Well written characters are vital for short stories because they often drive the whole tale with them Like what I said in the beginning of this review, there might be a bigger universe outside a short story s concrete margins when it reaches the end, but the space where characters could establish themselves as beings worthy of being remembered is very small The process of character creation and or development should happen here it could not extend to those unseen margins.I liked how each story unfolded, though The successions of every scene hold a flavor of honesty and simplicity their undemanding messages could be conveyed to their audience effortlessly Remembering these bits as something notable could be a lot easier if their anchors the characters, of course are as strongly knitted as they are.2.5 stars

  10. Emma Deplores larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Censorship Emma Deplores larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Censorship says:

    This is a really interesting, distinctive short story collection, focusing on domestic life in late Soviet post Soviet Russia most of the stories take place in and around cramped Moscow apartments Several generations often live together with too little space and too little money, parents often suspect that their adult children are scheming to take ownership of the precious apartment, and when love appears it s imperfect, marked by the characters own deficiencies, and can t be relied upon to l This is a really interesting, distinctive short story collection, focusing on domestic life in late Soviet post Soviet Russia most of the stories take place in and around cramped Moscow apartments Several generations often live together with too little space and too little money, parents often suspect that their adult children are scheming to take ownership of the precious apartment, and when love appears it s imperfect, marked by the characters own deficiencies, and can t be relied upon to last.The stories are very short, ranging from 4 18 pages in length, and with generous font and spacing And the writing style is pared down and matter of fact I found the stories interesting and enjoyable though, and they certainly give a strong sense of what life was like for regular people in this particular place and time This is apparently a compilation of stories the author wrote over several decades, but they re remarkably consistent in tone and quality My favorite was Like Penelope, and other stand outs for me were Ali Baba and Eros s Way, but it doesn t surprise me a bit to see different readers preferring different stories The translator also did a fantastic job of rendering the stories in common, sometimes biting English, so that it s hard to believe they were translated at all.I can see why this collection doesn t work for everyone, given that the stories are relatively brief and often bleak But I think it is worth a read If for no other reason than that Petrushevskaya s work was banned in Russia even longer than some well known political works apparently for portraying too gritty a picture of everyday life

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