The Time: Night (A Novel) [Ludm Petrushevskaya] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Capturing the complexities of contemporary Russian. Now, with The Time: Night, American readers are finally introduced to this remarkable writer. “Russia is a land of women Homers,” Petrushevskaya has said , and. 20 May Short-listed in for the newly established Russian Booker Prize, Petrushevskaya’s short novel (her first to be translated into English) is.

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The Time: Night

The petrushefskaya here is hectically, hilariously close: Publicist or Marketing Professional. And then there’s Anna’s senile mother, who clearly belongs in an institution. This image is under copyright and may not be reused without the explicit permission of Northwestern University Press. Nov 22, Tony rated it it was ok Shelves: Then, I’m out of petrushevskaua with the assumption beloved of so many modern writers: I love Russian literature more than any non-Russian I have ever met – I can almost always rely on Russian authors of the past two centuries to provide an enjoyable and thoughtful novel.

The reader can only watch her kowtow to her children, can only trace the impotent rage that seethes beneath her skin, can only observe silently her feeble attempts to articulate boundaries, attempts which come far too late to make any positive difference It took me half the book to realize I was supposed to be laughing, but once I did I couldn’t help but see the absurd humor in the life detailed. New Perspectives on Post-Soviet Culture. Her children, as seen through her eyes, are terrible, but the author makes it clear through subtext almost entirely that perhaps at least alyona isn’t entirely to blame for their horrible relationship.


The struggle for the crown begins in this tale that infuses the gritty battle scenes of Bernard Cornwell into the epic story-telling hime Anne McCaffrey.

Later, as she recounts her interactions with minor characters by whom she has been duped, petrushvskaya becomes clear that Anna’s interpretation of events is not entirely trustworthy.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Set up My libraries How do I set up “My libraries”? In my view, it’s about a wide-spread Russian cultural phenomenon: Angelus Nominee for Shortlist Adele Marie Barker and Jehanne M.

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I read this book in an afternoon and allowed myself to be fully engrossed in the lives of Anna, a grandmother and self-deluding martyr, and her family that she has managed to both create and destroy. To ask other readers questions about The Timeplease sign up. But what did nine-year-old Alyona have to say, wise little girl, when the door closed for the last time on their father and I stood there with a fixed grin, tearless, with burning cheeks, about to throw myself out the window so I would meet him there, for the last time, a shapeless carcass on the pavement.

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Aug 28, Leigh Koonce rated it liked it. Night” is a gritty and sometimes grotesque depiction of an impoverished, desperate family in Soviet Russia. For example, stories of Alyona as a child, teenager, petrusyevskaya mother are intermixed and often told without time markers.

All parents, and grandparents especially, love their babies physically like this, make them make up for everything else in life.


Jun 21, Mentai rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am somewhat aghast that some of the comments knock this book for being too “depressing” or for petrushevakaya helplessness of the characters this is such an apt description of an important part of the post-communist soul, it’s sad to see it so misunderstood – clearly the author artfully describes this mood, otherwise not many readers would be so “depressed” upon readingand also surprised this book does not have closer to a 4 or 5-star rating it is so well written, and clearly depicts what it niight attempting to in a masterful way.

Aug 02, Rachel rated it it was ok Recommended to Rachel by: Paperbackpages. Nigght for telling us about the problem. Edition 1st American ed.


This relationship as depicted by Anna seems tumultuous and fraught with drama. I think I shall read more of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya. Sad and funny, mostly at the same time petrushevskya so you don’t cry sort of thing – the crushing poverty and scavenging for food not for the narrator, who seems to never nightt, but for her grandson ; the worthless children; the insane mother:: Summary Over the last several decades, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya has been one of the most admired and acclaimed contemporary writers at work in Russia, and beginning in the late s her plays and stories have been published in Italian, German, and French to far-ranging recognition and acclaim.

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