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The Body of the Soul


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Ludmila Ulitskaya (b. 1943) is an internationally acclaimed Russian novelist and short story writer. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky are an award-winning team of literary translators who have translated over thirty works from the Russian.


“A generous and compassionate vision. . . . Ulitskaya’s tales enchant, and, in our brutalized times, they offer comforting reading. Here we see people who suffer but who also find the strength to bear.”—Sigrid Nunez, New York Review of Books

A New Yorker Best of the Week Pick

“[A] magnificent collection . . . [by] a writer of boundless tenderness.”—Geneviève Brisac, Le Monde

“It is a similar triumph over circumstance that Ludmila Ulitskaya’s reputation has survived Russia’s international shaming. These stories, transcending their deliberate parochialism, deserve a global readership.”—Muireann Maguire, Times Literary Supplement

A World Literature Today Notable Translation of 2023

“[A] collection of economical, honest stories. They are all tinged with a sense of loss, but her spirited characters are determined to spit in the eye of bad faith.”—Eithne Farry, Daily Mail

“Magnificent. . . . The Body of the Soul enhances [Ulitskaya’s] reputation as one of the most important Russian writers of her generation. . . . Each story provokes questions about the human condition that take readers far beyond the subject matter. . . .  In this brilliant collection, Ulitskaya manages to convey the inexpressible, dazzling readers with her insight.”—Elizabeth Fifer, World Literature Today

“This level of consistency and balance is a rare feat in collections where, usually, some stories take precedence over others. . . . These stories explore intriguing questions and offer unique perspectives.”—Hritik Verma, Hindustan Times

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