Other Worlds

Peasants, Pilgrims, Spirits, Saints

Other Worlds


Editorial New York Review Of Books
Fecha de edición abril 2021 · Edición nº 1

Idioma inglés

EAN 9781681375397
304 páginas
Libro encuadernado en tapa blanda
Dimensiones 127 mm x 203 mm

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Resumen del libro

Stories about the occult, folk religions, superstition, and spiritual customs in Russia by one of the most essential twentieth-century writers of short fiction and essays.

Though best known for her comic and satirical sketches of pre-Revolutionary Russia, Teffi was a writer of great range and human sympathy. At times she had to warn her readers that those seeking laughter should not turn on me and tear me to pieces if, instead, they find tears the pearls of my soul. The stories on otherworldly themes in this collection are some of Teffi's finest and most profound, displaying her acute psychological sensitivity beneath her characteristic wit and surface brilliance.

Spanning nearly forty years, from stories Teffi wrote in Moscow to those from her perspective as an émigré in Paris, Other Worlds gathers those stories that share the theme of religious experience, both Russian Orthodox Christianity and Russian folk belief, with its often poetic understanding of spiritual matters. In the early story A Quiet Backwater, a laundress gives a long disquisition on the name days of the different birds, insects, and animals, as well as the Feast of the Holy Spirit, a day on which no one dares to trouble the earth. The story Wild Evening is about the fear of the unknown; The Kind That Walk, a penetrating study of anti-Semitism, and of xenophobia more generally; and Baba-Yaga, about the archetypal Russian witch and her longing for wildness and freedom. Teffi traces the persistent influence of the ancient Slavic gods in legends, superstitions, and customs, and the deep connection of the supernatural to everyday life in the Russian provinces. In Volya, the autobiographical final story, the power and pain of Baba Yaga is Teffi's own.

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