Baba Yaga Laid an Egg (Canongate Myths #11)
"Baba Yaga is an old hag who lives in a house built on chicken legs and kidnaps small children. She is one of the most pervasive and powerful creatures in all mythology." "But what does she have to do with a writer's journey to Bulgaria in 2007 on behalf of her mother?" "Or with a trio of women who decide in their old age to spend a week together at a hotel spa?" By the en...more
Baba Yaga is a witch of Slavic legend. I've always thought it sounded cool as hell. Baba Roga is the Serbian equivalent, though that is disputed.
Ugresic's novel is a meditation on women and ageing, and moreso the parenthetical threat in such. The feminism within appears honest. (as if i could judge, as if i were willing) The narrative concerns a series of situations. The "author" is concerned about her elderly mother living in Zagreb (Croatia). The mother is suffer aphasia and possibly dementia. ...more
...they would finally stop bowing down to men with bloodshot eyes, men who are guilty of killing millions of people, and who still have not had enough. For they are the ones who leave a trail of human skulls behind them, yet people's torpid imaginations stick those skulls on the fence of a solitary old woman who lives on the edge of the forest.This book is the same breed as Mr. Fox, metafiction put through its paces for a far more exacting goal than that of navel gazing and the like. Here ...more
И когато тази книга е открита и прочетена, за нея може да се каже и напише ужасно малко.
Че честно и дори нахално развява истината за старостта в един свят, който има нужда от бляскави коси, гладка кожа и изправена походка, за да признае на жената правото да бъде и да с ...more
So declares the narrator of the first section of Baba Yaga Laid an Egg, Dubravka Ugresic's tough and witty novel on the theme of the famous witch. This narrator has traveled from Zagreb to Varna, her ageing mother's home town, and is supposed to bring home pictures. She's depressed by the city, which she knew as a teenager before the war but can no longer recognize, and by an annoying friend of her moth ...more
And so too are the starlings to my mothers great dismay. The noise is bad enough, but the mess they make would drive my mother crazy. She could not stand anything unclean or untidy in her home. But cleanliness was not her only battle, she was losing her words and becoming mixed up from Alzheimer's.
At the Grand Hotel three old women are checking in, how long they stay is up to fate. The oldest is confined to a wheelchair, wearing a single large boo ...more
I didn't even know at the time that Baba Yaga was a real component from mythology. I just thought the game was cool. But then her story kept popping up over the years, most recently in my boyfriend's interest which has encouraged him to put her in some of his art eventually. We talk an awful lot about Baba Yaga. It's sort of strang ...more
In the first tale, a Croatian writer makes a pilgrimage to Varna behalf of her elderly mother, hoping to act as a surrogate to renew her mother’s declining memory. The outcome, however, does not provide the emotional relief that she or her mother expected.
In the second version, three elderly women visit a Czech Republic resort turned wellness center. Kukla and Beba often look after ...more
Романът е разделен на три части. Първата Иди там – не знам къде,донеси онова – не знам какво представлява разказ за едно пътуване до Варна. Автобиографичните нотки са неизбежни, тъй като майката на писателката е родом от морската ни столица. Външното влияние върху миркокосмоса майка-дъщеря се оказва наша сънародничка – А ...more
O enredo, no entanto, prendeu-me ao livro, com a curiosidade de saber em que ponto as diferentes histórias se iriam cruzar entre si e com a história mitológica da Baba Yaga.
Essa revelação é guardada para o fim, com uma narração exaustiva de todos os seres mitológicos que, sendo provenientes de várias culturas, se relacionam entre si e fazem a ...more
Il libro si compone di tre parti: due racconti, la terza penso si possa definire un saggio. Secondo me comunque il libro sfugge in qualche modo alle varie definizioni di genere e ogni lettore può trovargli una collocazione diversa, se ne sente la necessità.
Tratto comune delle tre parti del libro è la vecchiaia.
Nel primo racconto sono protagoniste una ma ...more
Sinopse : A Baba Yaga é uma velha bruxa que vive numa casa construída sobre patas de galinha e rapta criancinhas. É uma das criaturas mais universais e poderosas de toda a mitologia.
Mas o que tem ela a ver com a viagem duma escritora à Bulgária, em 2007, em vez da sua mãe?
Ou com um trio de mulheres que resolvem, na sua velhice, passar uma semana juntas nas termas dum hotel?
No fim do ...more
Baba Yaga's a colorful crone who lives in a hut atop chicken legs and flies through the sky in a mort ...more
The first section, the story of an author, her mother, and their relationship with another woman, was interesting. The second, of three elderly ladies who go to a spa together, was just incredible, beautiful, will not forget it. The third section, a critical review and summary of the fairy tales used in parts one and two, just felt overlong, although it was interesting once more.
Without giving away any actual plot poin ...more
The second novella relates three elderly women's stay at an exclusive spa and ...more
S zenama u smiraju zivota kao glavnim junacima, koje, kako sama autorka kaze "isprva ne vidimo".
D. Ugresic ozivljava slovenski mit o Baba Jagi, koja se tek moze naslutiti u redovima romana, i tako metaforicki predstavlja starost kao krunu zivotnog ciklusa.
Ugresicka je svakako dovela do reci tu suru pticu, tkalju i vesticu.
This post-modern take on the folklore character of Baba Yaga contains three sections that may or may not be connected to each other:
A tale of an author's* relationship with her cleanliness-obsessed, dementia afflicted mother. At her mother's urging, the author undertakes a trip to their hometown with a recent-Ph.D. in folklore.
The author's* novella about three elderly female friends who travel abroad to a health spa.
A folklore scholar's descr ...more
She started writing professionally with screenplays for children’s television programs, as an undergraduate. I ...more