Search Results: "Ludmila Ulitskaya"


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SONECHKA by Ludmila Ulitskaya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2005

"Ulitskaya brilliantly evokes these resilient characters, showing us the Russian soul as transformed throughout its complicated history."
A masterly novella and six stories portray the depths of the Russian character, in a third English-language appearance by this geneticist-turned-novelist (Medea and Her Children, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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MEDEA AND HER CHILDREN by Ludmila Ulitskaya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2002

"As fascinating and tangled as an old woman's fireside reminiscences: a jumbled mosaic of memories folded into the history of an age—striking, but badly out of focus."
A wide-ranging portrait of Soviet and pre-Soviet society and history as seen by an elderly matriarch living on the shores of the Crimean Sea. The second English-language appearance from the celebrated Russian geneticist-turned-novelist (The Funeral Party, 2001). Read full book review >

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THE BIG GREEN TENT by Ludmila Ulitskaya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Indeed, the greatest tragedy of Ulitskaya's story is that it comes to an end. Worthy of shelving alongside Doctor Zhivago: memorable and moving."
A sweeping novel of life in the Cold War Soviet Union, with plenty between the lines about life in Putin's Russia today. Read full book review >

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THE FUNERAL PARTY by Ludmila Ulitskaya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2001

"A perfectly pitched anatomy of the immigrant experience of America: a moving blend of character study, satire, and elegy."
This nicely constructed and deeply felt novel, which marks the first English-language appearance of a former Russian scientist and translator, deftly observes the interactions of several Russian immigrants in America at the time of the breakup of the Soviet Union. Read full book review >

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SINDBAD IN THE LAND OF GIANTS by Ludmila Zeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Zeman includes a double-paged map of Sindbad's voyages and in an author's note, she explains not only the source of the story of Sindbad, but a bit about what readers see in the pictures. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Zeman, who has retold the story of Gilgamesh for children, here retells her second Sindbad (Sindbad, 1999) story. Read full book review >

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LEAVING LENINGRAD by Ludmila Shtern
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 13, 2001

"Memoir lite, but Shtern has a keen eye for the ridiculous and for people's idiosyncrasies—and this makes for diverting reading."
A jaundiced eye cast on the foibles of communism and capitalism results in deft tales of life in the USSR and USA, one of a Brandeis series on Jewish women. Read full book review >

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LORD OF THE SKY by Linda Zeman-Spaleny
ANIMALS
Released: April 14, 2009

"Unfortunately, the bold horizontal 'sprocket holes' on every page, intended to link the book to the original film, distract the eye from the artwork's delicate beauty. (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)"
Created by a Czech-born author-illustrator team of sisters, this vividly told cautionary tale was inspired by their parents' animated short film of the same name (1992). Read full book review >