Daily Archives: December 26, 2013

387 Short Stories: Day 17: Story 17: Incident at Sokolniki by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

There Once Lived a Woman who Tried to Kill her Neighbour's Baby

Title: Incident at Sokolniki
Author: Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
Taken from the Collection: There Once Lived a Woman who Tried to Kill her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales

So today’s story is set in Russia. In a totalitarian society, where anything can happen and anything does as a matter of fact. Incident at Sokolniki is a scary fairy tale – of a woman whose husband is dead and somehow comes back from the dead or so it seems and what follows after.

There is an edge of despair even to a fairy tale. Petrushevskaya’s stories are dark, brooding and almost bordering to be urban folk tales or perhaps they are. Characters depart from physical reality and enter another dimension. There are people’s dreams, loss, ignorance and consolations all throughout this short story. A two and a half-page story that deserves a read.