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“[A] strange and wonderful book . . . I couldn’t stop reading. . . . Ugresic is affecting and eloquent . . . [and writes] with earthy grace.” —Mary Gaitskill, Bookforum 
Baba Yaga Laid an Egg
By Dubravka Ugresic
Translated from the Croatian by Ellen Elias-Bursác, Celia Hawkesworth and Mark Thompson
Grove Press
978-0-8021-4520-8 • $14.95 • Paperback • Jan. 2011
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According to Slavic myth, Baba Yaga is a witch who lives in a house built on chicken legs and kidnaps small children. In Baba Yaga Laid an Egg, internationally acclaimed writer Dubravka Ugresic takes the timeless legend and spins it into a fresh and distinctly modern tale of femininity, aging, identity, and love.

With barbed wisdom and razor-sharp wit, Ugresic weaves together the stories of four women in contemporary Eastern Europe: a writer who grants her dying mother’s final wish by traveling to her hometown in Bulgaria, an elderly woman who wakes up every day hoping to die, a buxom blonde hospital worker who’s given up on love, and a serial widow who harbors a secret talent for writing. Through the women’s fears and desires, and their struggles against invisibility, Ugresic presents a brilliantly postmodern retelling of an ancient myth that is infused with humanity and the joy of storytelling.

Dubravka Ugresic was born in 1949 in Yugoslavia. Her novels include The Ministry of Pain and The Museum of Unconditional Surrender, and her work has been translated into more than twenty languages. She has received several major European literary awards, and was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize.



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