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Tamara’s baby

A short story by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya


Ludmilla Petrushevskaya is one of Russia’s greatest living writers. Her previous short story collection, There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill her Neighbour’s Baby, was a 2009 New York Times bestseller and was named as a book of the year by New Yorker critic James Wood. He described it as, “a revelation—it is like reading late-Tolstoy fables, with all of the master’s directness and brutal authority.” The story below comes from her new collection, There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced her Sister’s Husband, and he Hanged Himself:…

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