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Sonechka: A Novella and Stories

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The Los Angeles Times said of Ludmila Ulitskayas The Funeral Party, “In America we have friends, family, lovers, and parents-four kinds of love. Could it really be that in Russia they have more? Ludmila Ulitskaya makes it seem so.” In Sonechka: A Novella and Stories, Ulitskaya brings us tales of these other loves in her richly lyrical prose, populated with captivating and unusual characters.

In “Queen of Spades,” Anna, a successful ophthalmologic surgeon in her sixties; her daughter, Katya; and Katyas teenage daughter and young son live in constant terror of Annas mother, a domineering, autocratic, aging former beauty queen. In “Angel,” a closeted middle-aged professor marries an uneducated charwoman for love of her young son, raising the child in his image. In “The Orlov-Sokolovs,” perfectly matched young lovers are pulled apart by the Soviet academic bureaucracy. And in the stunning novella “Sonechka,” the heroine, a bookworm turned muse turned mother, reveals a love and loyalty at once astounding in its generosity and grotesque in its pathos.

In these stories, love and life are lived under the radar of oppression, in want of material comfort, in obeisance to or matter-of-fact rejection of the pervasive restrictions of Soviet rule. If living well is the best revenge, then Ludmila Ulitskayas characters, in choosing to embrace the unique gifts that their lives bring them, are small heroes of the quotidian, their stories as funny and tender as they are brilliantly told.

Synopsis:

These richly lyrical tales tell of love in all its permutations. In "Queen of Spades," Anna, a successful ophthalmologic surgeon in her 60s, lives with her daughter and her grandchildren in terror of her mother, an autocratic former beauty whose hold on the family is upset by the return of Anna's long-vanished husband. The closeted middle-aged professor in "Angel" marries an uneducated charwoman for the love of her young son, whom he is educating in his own image. The "Dauntless Women of the Russian Steppe" have different views on men, but they are fiercely devoted to one another. And in "Sonechka," a bookworm turned muse turned mother reveals a love and loyalty at once astounding in its generosity and grotesque in its pathos. Their lives and loves playing out under the radar of oppression, Ludmila Ulitskaya's characters are heroes of the quotidian, their stories as funny and tender as they are brilliantly told.

About the Author

Ludmila Ulitskaya was born in Bashkiria, in the Ural region, and was trained as a geneticist. Her novels and short stories have been published in more than twenty-five languages. She has received many awards for her writing, including the first Russian Booker Prize and the Medici Prize. She lives in Moscow.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805241952
Translator:
Tait, Arch
Publisher:
Schocken Books Inc
Translator:
Tait, Arch
Author:
Ulitskaya, Ludmila
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.44x5.82x.99 in. .92 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , These richly lyrical tales tell of love in all its permutations. In "Queen of Spades," Anna, a successful ophthalmologic surgeon in her 60s, lives with her daughter and her grandchildren in terror of her mother, an autocratic former beauty whose hold on the family is upset by the return of Anna's long-vanished husband. The closeted middle-aged professor in "Angel" marries an uneducated charwoman for the love of her young son, whom he is educating in his own image. The "Dauntless Women of the Russian Steppe" have different views on men, but they are fiercely devoted to one another. And in "Sonechka," a bookworm turned muse turned mother reveals a love and loyalty at once astounding in its generosity and grotesque in its pathos. Their lives and loves playing out under the radar of oppression, Ludmila Ulitskaya's characters are heroes of the quotidian, their stories as funny and tender as they are brilliantly told.
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