The Body of the Soul: Stories

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5.1 X 7.78 X 0.27 inches | 0.42 pounds

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About the Author
Ludmila Ulitskaya (b. 1943) is an internationally acclaimed Russian novelist and short story writer. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky are an award-winning team of literary translators who have translated over thirty works from the Russian.
A New Yorker Best of the Week Pick

"[A] magnificent collection . . . [by] a writer of boundless tenderness."--Geneviève Brisac, Le Monde

A World Literature Today Notable Translation of 2023

"Ulitskaya's latest collection is peopled by riveting characters facing pressing, often life-and-death questions with equanimity."--Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal, "Best World Literature of 2023"

"Centrifugal, pensive, often elusive stories by one of the greatest living Russian writers (and leading anti-Putinist). . . . The stories are marvels of economy and the unexpected twist, each a memorable tour de force. . . . A welcome introduction to the short fiction of an essential writer."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A moody and slightly mystical glance at life, loneliness, and cadavers. . . . There is also a strangely surreal undercurrent here, and elements of Garcia Márquez and Chekhov. . . . Stories filled with the quiet untenable tension of dreams, desires, and decisions, the tensions that hold us together, without letting us get too close."--Herman Sutter, Library Journal

"[Ulitskaya's] collection of short stories plumbs one universal theme: humanity surviving against all odds, despite itself. . . . As you read these pieces, there are no nihilistic suggestions that--no matter how dire the circumstances and trials--the game of life was not worth playing."--Thomas Filbin, Arts Fuse

Praise for Ludmila Ulitskaya:

"One of the most important living Russian writers."―Gary Shteyngart

"Ulitskaya resists reductive ideological thinking, in her fiction as in life. She specializes in swerves of fate, not lockstep plots. Ulitskaya's signature narrative perspective--a self-consciously feminine eye and ear intently at work--takes in matchmaking possibilities, mundane coincidences, and unexpected human chemistry. . . . The women in Ulitskaya's work come off as strong and resilient, even magical."--Leonard Bershidsky, The Atlantic

"[Ulitskaya] has become a voice of moral authority for differently minded Russians."--Masha Gessen, New Yorker