Review: There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya is among the world’s most controversial writers as she continues to cast her spells and stupefy her readers.

This collection of deliciously disturbing short stories successfully venture into the dark recesses of the human mind. The author showcases the cold harsh reality of living in a world that is fueled by hate, jealousy, poverty, and fear. These nineteen short stories are fables and scary cool fairy tales with dark beginnings, plot twists, and surprise endings. They are concise, beautifully crafted, and wonderfully twisted.

There were times when I had to stop and come up for air because the stories do get intense. Hygiene, in particular, completely disturbed me, while The Old Monk’s Testament made me bawl my eyes out. These dreamscapes are fantastic in every way and I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the eerie and bizarre little world that Ludmilla Petrushevskaya has created.

This was a post by Hanna, who is excited about shopping for school supplies.

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Review: There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

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