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Sonechka: A Novella and Stories Hardcover – May 3, 2005

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“From one of the most important living Russian writers comes a collection of storytelling miracles. The Russian women in Ludmila Ulitskaya’s stories are unlike any you have met before. They are charming, intelligent, seductive, and strong enough to carry an entire dysfunctional country on their backs.”

–Gary Shteyngart, author of
The Russian Debutante’s Handbook

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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Schocken; 1St Edition edition (May 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805241957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805241952
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 5.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Compellingly readable; extremely frank about life in the USSR; no holds barred about women's (and some men's) sexuality. Not quite 5 stars by my reckoning: the characters are painted a bit too crudely to compel complete belief. But the energy, and the unsparing logic of the arc of the lives of the men (and especially the women) who people these stories, holds you in its grip. A book, and an author, to be reckoned with.
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Ludmila Ulitskaya is widely regarded as one of the best contemporary Russian writers with a number of books and plays to her credit. She is probably best known for The Funeral Party. Sonechka and the relative handful of other stories contained in this beautifully bound book cover some of Ulitskaya's shorter works, and as such they really only give you a taste of her writing gifts. Sonechka, the title story, seems more like a sketch for an epic novel than a novella. She plots out quite a story from Sonechka's uninspiring origins in which books became her refuge, to her marriage to a dashing painter, a daughter and ultimate disillusionment with life before reverting once again to books. The other stories capture moods and impressions both in Russia and abroad, culminating in a ribald reunion of three Russian women in New York in 1990 romantically entitled The Dauntless Women of the Russian Steppe.
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I really enjoyed this book. The characters were unique, and all of them were somehow admirable and very flawed at the same time. There were interesting glimpses into Russian society, but for the most part the setting could be anywhere, any time. The only reason for not giving it five stars is that the novella/short story format left me hanging. I felt like most of the stories lacked a distinct conclusion.
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Ms. Ulitskaya pays grateful homage to the masters who inspire her work, but the result is completely origtinal and completely satisfying. She's fearless, lucid, emotionally acute and totally brilliant, surely one of the best we have.
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Not expecting much more than a good story, I was bowled over by the power and humanity of her writing. I will now search out and get all that she wrote.
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