Petrushevskaya, one of Russia’s best writers, takes the dark and edgy to a whole new level. Each story that Petrushevskaya writes to me is an instant classic and has the close eeriness to Poe as if she were somewhat related to the man. The dark edgy grittiness of each story will have you turning each page wanting to move to the next one. Love isn’t all that it was cracked up to be and Petrushevskaya reminds us of the harsh reality. Those who love horror, edgy, and Poe will find a great equivalent in Petrushevskaya’s writing.
There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories
THERE ONCE LIVED A GIRL… is made up of seventeen fables of marriage, courtship, sex, and love: the office one-night stand that creates a baby; the awkward tryst in a communal apartment; the responsible father chased away from his family by an insane and jealous wife; and the unremarkable and predictable souls who find they have drifted inevitably into union. Romance, violence, infidelity, tenderness—Petrushevskaya has compiled all of those great narrative traditions into an elegant and macabre collection of stories that show just why she is Russia’s preeminent contemporary fiction writer.