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In the Jaws of Life and Other Stories (1992) [Collection]
by Dubravka Ugrešić Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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This is the first American publication of three works by one of Eastern Europe's most original and inventive writers. Dubravka Ugresic's In the Jaws of Life and Other Stories collects two short novels and a group of short stories grounded in fact and informed by fancy. The title novel, Steffie Speck in the Jaws of Life, charts the life of a typist for a lonely hearts column. Laid out like a sewing pattern, with instructions, diagrams, and helpful hints in the margin, it juxtaposes the cliches and trite advice of stereotypical women's magazines and popular culture with the genuine despair of the marginalized heroine. The short stories collected in Life is a Fairy Tale (Metaterxies) draw on the author's academic background to produce wickedly funny parodies and droll pastiches of such writers as Daniil Kharms and Gogol. Whether depicting the anonymous lives of small characters in big cities or rewriting great works from a distinctly irreverent perspective, Ugresic is fresh, entertaining, and consistently surprising.

Contents:

  • Steffie Speck in the Jaws of Life (a patchwork novel)
  • A Love Story
  • Life is a Fairy Tale (Metaterxies)
    • A Hot Dog in a Warm Bun
    • Life is a Fairy Tale
    • Who Am I?
    • The Kreutzer Sonata
    • The Kharms Case
    • Lend Me Your Character

Original title: In the Jaws of Life and Other Stories
Original languages: Serbo-Croatian

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics


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Edition #1: In the Jaws of Life and Other Stories

In the Jaws of Life and Other Stories (1992)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Michael Henry Heim Celia Hawkesworth
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In the Jaws of Life and Other Stories (1993)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Evanston, IL
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 0810111004
Pages: 252

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