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Baba Yaga Laid an Egg

May 20, 2010 | Trade paperback
ISBN: 9781847673060
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Baba Yaga is an old hag who lives in a house built on chicken legs and kidnaps small children. She is one of the most pervasive and powerful creatures in all mythology. She appears in many forms: as Pupa, a tricky, cantankerous old woman who keeps her legs tucked into a huge furry boot; as a trio of mischievous elderly women who embark on the trip of a lifetime to a hotel spa; and as a villainous flock of ravens, black hens, and magpies infected with the H1N1 virus. But what story does Baba Yaga have to tell us today. This is a quizzical tale about one of the most pervasive and powerful creatures in all mythology, and an extraordinary yarn of identity, secrets, storytelling, and love.

About this Author

Dubravka Ugresic has published both novels and books of essays

ISBN: 9781847673060
Format: Trade paperback
Series: Myths
Pages: 256
Publisher: Canongate Books
Published: 2010-05-20


Ugrasic's retelling may be blisteringly postmodern in its execution but at its heart is a human warmth and even a silliness that infuses it with the sweet magic of storytelling.

Packed with intellectual surprises and emotional revelations

The message that old crones are the product of "long-lived, labyrinthine, fertile, profoundly misogynistic but also cathartic work of the imagination" is expressed with humour, eloquence and anger.

Ugresic has a unique tone of voice, a madcap wit and a lovely sense of the absurd. Ingenious.

She is a writer to follow. A writer to be cherished.

Ugresic is sharp, funny and unfazed in the face of the little dictators who have torn apart her former country. Orwell would be proud.

Contains some of the most profound reflections on culture, memory and madness you wiill ever read.

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