Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya There Once Lived A Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In Book Review
LP -- her name, book titles and stories kill me. Who can type that many letters?
But, regardless, she' a brilliant writer and much censored in her native Russia. I've done reviews for her past work but this is for a new one and it's equally brilliant. How her mothers suffer for love, protecting children and other in a world gone mad.
For that is what her Soviet society is. Desperation, poverty, depravity but also love and the human spirit, that refuses to give up.
My family lived in Soviet and Communist Poland so I've heard their versions of Pertrushevskaya's reality. Sadly, she exposes this political system and how if brings out the worst (and the best) in some. And her stories are told in narrative, which makes them more accessible.
This book - having read the author in the past - is even more grim. But I love the book and recommend it highly.