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Russian Woman Writer Wins World Fantasy Award

2. November 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

Ludmila Petrushevskaya

Halloween weekend was the perfect occasion to honor one of Russia’s finest living writers for her collection of scary fairy tales. The World Fantasy Awards have been presented to authors and artists since 1975 and this year, Ludmila Petrushevskaya became the first Russian to win.


World Fantasy Award

For decades, Ludmila has been delving into the darkest corners of reality mixed with urban legends, religious mysticism, the supernatural, and much more. Since the 1980s her novels, plays, and short stories have been published in more than 30 languages all over the world. She’s won the Pushkin Prize, the Russian State Prize, the Stanislavsky Award, the Triumph Prize, and now claims that World Fantasy Award for Best Collection.


There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby, published in October 2009, has also been named one of New York Magazine’s Ten Best Books of the Year, as well as National Public Radio’s Five Best Works of Foreign Fiction.


“The book could catch fire in your hands and you'd still try to be turning pages. It's giving me nightmares, in the nicest way possible,” says professional book reviewer and writer Jessa Crispin, while fellow Russian author Lara Vapnyar says, “There is no other writer who can blend the absurd and the real in such as scary, amazing and wonderful way.”


In addition to an amazing writer career, Ludmila also dabbles in singing and painting. Writing her own songs, she regularly performs at Moscow nightclubs and concert venues. Plus, her portraits, nudes, and still lifes have been shown in many of Russia’s major museums.