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, 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. The "autho...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I especially liked reading about a mythical character since a long time.
Dubravka Ugrešić constructed this book in a way that supported what she wanted to bring across; she used 3 different genres.
While reading I thought many times of the concept "thick description", used in social science. Certain cultural phenomena can not be properly understood with only a written definition. The more abstract or empir...more
Alla fine, però, la lettura non mi è risultata particolarmente piacevole.
Il libro è diviso in tre parti (mentre avevo pensato a un’unica storia).
La prima storia vede una scrittrice partire per un viaggio verso la città di origine per poter poi raccontare ciò che avrà visto lì alla vecchia madre, impossibilitata a compiere lo st...more
I can't say I enjoyed it, or liked it particularly, but it was mind-expanding, and not a bad read, for most of it.
It's odd, in that there's really 3 parts to it. The first is a woman talking about her aging mother. The second is presumably a story the first woman has written, about some women going to a spa. And then the last part is an analysis of the first two in rela...more
She started writing professionally with screenplays for children’s television programs, as an undergraduate. I...more