There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself
There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself
Love Stories
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

Edited and translated by Anna Summers


This woman's writing is fiercely raw and uninhibited, and I fell deeply in love with it as soon as I opened this book. Don't be fooled by the title. Sure, these fables are dark and gloomy. But they're also remarkably complex and mysterious, and there is a powerful sense of redemption behind every single one of them. This book will tear you apart—in a good way.

—Recommended by Anah, City Lights Books

Love stories, with a twist: the eagerly awaited follow-up to the great Russian writer's New York Times bestselling scary fairy tales

By turns sly and sweet, burlesque and heartbreaking, these realist fables of women looking for love are the stories that Ludmilla Petrushevskaya—who has been compared to Chekhov, Tolstoy, Beckett, Poe, Angela Carter, and even Stephen King—is best known for in Russia.

Here are attempts at human connection, both depraved and sublime, by people across the life span: one-night stands in communal apartments, poignantly awkward couplings, office trysts, schoolgirl crushes, elopements, tentative courtships, and rampant infidelity, shot through with lurid violence, romantic illusion, and surprising tenderness. With the satirical eye of Cindy Sherman, Petrushevskaya blends macabre spectacle with transformative moments of grace and shows just why she is Russia's preeminent contemporary fiction writer.

Title There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself
Subtitle Love Stories
Author Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
Edited and translated by Anna Summers
Publisher Penguin
Title First Published 28 January 2013
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 171 p.
ISBN-10 0143121529
ISBN-13 9780143121527
Publication Date 28 January 2013
Main content page count 171
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $15.00