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Nine of Russia's Foremost Women Writers (Glas New Russian Writing)by Svetlana Alexievich
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With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of free speech (and publishing), Russian women have become a force in the world of letters. Whereas in the past they were known chiefly as literary widows or devoted wives, occasionally as poets or critics, and only very rarely as novelists, today they are beginning to dominate publishing lists in fiction and non-fiction alike. NINE includes three internationally known names--Ludmila Petrushevskaya, Ludmila Ulitskaya, and Svetlana Alexiyevich--as well as half a dozen other respected women authors appearing here for the first time in English.
Who and what you will find in NINE:
Ludmila Petrushevskaya's absurd middle-aged heroine (in "Waterloo Bridge") finds she has fallen in love with a character in a movie. Seeing the film again and again, she experiences the romantic love she never had in real life. "Petrushevskaya's genius consists in her ability to seize on the disparate details of everyday life and render them as a single perfect whole, in which even the most unpalatable reality is made beautiful by the perfection of her art."
Ludmila Ulitskaya's "Diana" and "End of the Story" look at women who lie with verve just to escape dreary reality. "Permeated with a tolerant humorous warmth, Ulitskaya's stories exemplify that strand in the humanist tradition that neither denounces nor deifies, but attempts to understand human psychology in its infinitely numerous manifestations."
Svetlana Alexiyevich, a Byelorussian dissident, constructs powerful narrative collages out of "live human voices" culled from her interviews with witnesses to and participants in the most shattering national events. "She follows life rather than trying to invent it and she does so with great talent and keen vision." Her "Landscape of Loneliness" shows how tragic social circumstances deprive people of the ability to experience and enjoy love.
Olga Slavnikova, a prolific young author from Yekaterinburg, depicts provincial life in a town where most of the men are involved in the illegal mining and cutting of precious stones. "Krylov's Childhood" combines memorable characters with ethnographic detail.
Maria Arbatova--a leading feminist famed for her frank, outspoken and witty style--is Russia's Erica Jong. "My Name is Woman" takes place in an abortion clinic where the heroine reflects on her failed love affair and women's submissive role in love and life.
Nina Gorlanova sets "Lake Joy" in her native Siberian city of Perm--in the small, closed world of a maternity ward. As a new life is born their suburb is being flooded and they are moved to new homes to start a new life.
Anastasia Gosteva takes the reader on an unusual journey around India and America ("Closing Down America"). The heroine's attempt to run away from herself and an unrequited love is in fact a desperate effort to come to terms with who she really is.
Margarita Sharapova draws on her unique personal experience as a circus animal tamer to describe the world of popular entertainment. "Brilliantly crafted, inspired prose. . . unputdownable."
Natalia Smirnova paints a disquieting picture of a provincial town in the Urals where two cultivated women must survive amidst crude working-class surroundings ("The Women and the Shoemakers"). "Her prose is deep and subtle but by no means female."
Glas's third collection of top women writers.
Glas's third collection of top women writers.
Russian women authors dominate publishing lists today. These nine women writers are among the leading ones in Russia and worldwide.
GLAS' third collection of top women writers includes some internationally known names (Ludmila Petrushevskaya, Svetlana Alexiyevich, Olga Slavnikova, Ludmila Ulitskaya) as well as some other noted women authors appearing for the first time in English (Nina Gorlanova, Margarita Sharapova, Natalia Smirnova, Anastasia Gosteva).
Glas's third collection of top women writers.<BR>
About the Author
SVETLANA ALEXIYEVICH, born in 1948, graduated in journalism from Minsk University then worked on various papers while trying her hand at short stories. In her search for a literary method that would allow the closest possible approximation of real life”, Alexiyevich evolved a writing style all her own: she constructs her narratives out of "live voices" culled from interviews with witnesses to and participants in 20th-century cataclysms. Says Alexiyevich: "That is how I hear and see the world — as a chorus of individual voices and a collage of everyday minutiae." Alexieyevichs books have sold some 2 million copies in Russia and been translated into more than twenty languages.
The War's Unwomanly Face, Alexieyevichs first book, detailed the lives of Soviet women who fought in WWII (pilots, parachutists, snipers) while The Last Witnesses looked at that wars children. Boys in Zinc (1989) addressed the problem of post-traumatic-stress syndrome in veterans of the Soviet-Afghan war. Enchanted by Death (1993) focused on those driven to suicide by the collapse of the Soviet Union and their socialist illusions. 1997 saw the publication of Alexiyevichs requiem for the victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, The Chernobyl Prayer. All of Alexiyevichs books grapple with the question: Who are we and what country do we live in now?”
Her latest book, The Wonderful Deer of the Eternal Hunt, is a series of Russian love stories while Landscape of Loneliness” excerpts three female voices from the book.
MARIA ARBATOVA, born in 1957, holds degrees from Moscow University (Philosophy) and the Literary Institute (Drama). An award-winning writer and dramatist as well as an outspoken feminist, she has been hailed as Russias Erica Jong”. Her best-selling books include: My Name is Woman (published last year in France), A Visit from a Middle-aged Lady, Mobile Affairs, Reading Plays. Her latest book, Farewell to the 20th Century, is a revised and supplemented version of her autobiographical novel Im Forty.
LUDMILA PETRUSHEVSKAYA, born in 1938, is the author of The Time: Night, short-listed for the Russian Booker Prize and translated into over 20 languages. Petrushevskayas rather eccentric style her black humor and over-the-back-fence style is often described as critical realism mixed with postmodernism and elements of the absurd. The author of Immortal Love (also widely translated), On the Way to Eros, The Mystery of the House, Real-life Tales, and Find Me, Sleep, Petrushevskaya has been called one of Russias finest living writers”.
OLGA SLAVNIKOVA, born in 1957, grew up in Yekaterinburg in the Urals where she majored in journalism. A literary editor and critic, Slavnikova is the author of three widely acclaimed novels: A Dragon-fly the Size of a Dog, short-listed for the Russian Booker Prize (1997); Alone in the Mirror, short-listed for the Anti-Booker and winner of the Pavel Bazhov Prize; and Immortal, awarded the Critics Academy Apollon Grigoriev Prize and short-listed for both the Belkin Prize and the National Bestseller Prize. Krylovs Childhood” is the first section of Slavnikovas novel, 2017.
LUDMILA ULITSKAYA, born in 1942 is a geneticist by training, she only began writing in the 1990s. Ulitskayas fresh, delicately sensual writing, full of the joys and pitfalls of every day, is a world away from the gloomy, fear-driven reflections on the plight of human beings under the Soviet heel,” The Observer wrote of Ulitskayas first novel Sonechka (see GLAS 17). With Ulitskaya, Russian fiction rediscovers a consoling and universal normality.” Sonechka was short-listed for the Russian Booker Prize, translated into 20 languages and awarded Frances Medici Prize for foreign fiction. Her novels The Funeral Party and Medea and her Children were also short-listed for the Russian Booker and translated into many languages. Her novel, The Kukotsky Case, won the Russian Booker in 2002.
Table of Contents
Waterloo Bridge by Ludmila Petrushevskaya
Diana by Ludmila Ulitskaya
End of the Story by Ludmila Ulitskaya
Landscape of Loneliness by Svetlana Alexiyevich
Krylov's Childhood by Olga Slavnikova
My Name is Woman by Maria Arbatova
Lake Joy by Nina Gorlanova
Closing Down America by Anastasia Gosteva
The Women and the Shoemakers by Natalia Smirnova
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