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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 mothers 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 whos given up on love, and a serial widow who harbors a secret talent for writing. Through the womens 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.

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gretchen slack, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by gretchen slack)
A compelling retelling of a myth through the lives of several women. Baba Yaga is, above all, a myth of women, daughters, wives, sisters; Baba Yaga, while not in the center stage as a powerful and famous woman, is characterized as an element of women, not to be pushed to the background and dismissed as a mythical entity with no grounding in the modern world. An interesting read, especially for those with a soft spot for mythologies.
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Katherine Stevens, July 14, 2011 (view all comments by Katherine Stevens)
It is impossible to come out of this book without knowing significantly more about Baba Yaga...yet mystification is inevitable. A strange triple whammy of interconnected (sort of) sections, the first two presumably forming the novel that the third section is commenting on, though the commenter in the third section is a character in the first (and never mentions it)! Borges would have given an appreciative finger wave at this multi-layered "book" and its messing about with not just the myth(s) of Baba Yaga but with both how myth is written about and reimagined. Note: the best part of the book is the middle section, the story of three old women who go to a spa and what happens to them there.
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ISBN:
9780802145208
Author:
Ugresic, Dubravka
Publisher:
Grove Press
Translator:
Elias-Bursac, Ellen
Author:
Elias-Bursac, Ellen
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110131
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in

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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 mothers 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 whos given up on love, and a serial widow who harbors a secret talent for writing. Through the womens 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.

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