Dubravka Ugresic retells the myth of Baba Yaga -one of the most famous stories in Russian and Eastern European mythology.
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. But what does she have to do with a writer’s journey to Bulgaria? Or with a trio of women who decide in their old age to spend a week together at a hotel spa?
Dubravka Ugrešic takes a traditional myth and spins it afresh. The result is an extraordinary meditation on femininity, ageing, identity, secrets, storytelling and love.
“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.”
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“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.”
Dubravka Ugresic was born in 1949 in Croatia. She worked for twenty years at the Institute for Theory of Literature at Zagreb University, successfully pursuing parallel careers as a writer and a literary scholar. She has published both novels and books of essays. Ugresic’s essays have appeared in American (Context, The Hedgehog Review) and European newspapers and magazines (Vrij Nederland, Die Zeit, Die Welt Woche and many others). She teaches occasionally at American and European universities. Her books have been translated into more then twenty languages and she has received several major European literary awards, Dubravka Ugresic was born in 1949 in Yugoslavia. She has published both novels and books of essays. Her books have been translated into more then twenty languages and she has received several major European literary awards, including the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, known as the ‘American Nobel’, in 2016. She was also a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize 2009. She is now based in Amsterdam. She is now based in Amsterdam and works as a freelance writer.