According to Russian myth, Baba Yaga is a witch who lives in a house built on chicken legs and who kidnaps small children. In "Baba Yaga Laid an Egg," internationally acclaimed writer Dubravka Ugresic takes the timeless legend and spins it into a fresh and distinctly modern tale of femininity, aging, identity, and love. With barbed wisdom and razor-sharp wit, Ugresic weaves together the stories of four women in contemporary Eastern Europe: a writer who grants her dying mother s final wish by traveling to her hometown in Bulgaria, an elderly woman who wakes up every day hoping to die, a buxom blonde hospital worker who s given up on love, and a serial widow who harbors a secret talent for writing. Through the women s fears and desires, and their struggles against invisibility, Ugresic presents a brilliantly postmodern retelling of an ancient myth that is infused with a human warmth . . . [and] the sweet magic of storytelling ("Times Saturday Review")."
Dubravka Ugresic was born in 1949 in Yugoslavia. Her novels and essays have been translated into more than twenty languages and she has received several major European literary awards.