Baba Yaga Laid an Egg

( Croatian - Baba Jaga je snijela jaje - 2008 )

novel by Dubravka Ugresic

translated by Ellen Elias-Bursac

Published: Canongate Books Ltd. - hardback - 2009
ISBN: 1847670660 / 9781847670663

Canongate Books Ltd. - paperback - 2010
ISBN: 1847673066 / 9781847673060

A relation of the myth to the lives of modern women, exploring a large number of topics including ageing, feminism, love and loneliness. The book does not follow the format of a conventional novel and is divided into three separate and seemingly unconnected stories.

In the first story, the narrator travels to Varna in Bulgaria, the childhood home of her mother who is now old and ill. In the second story, we meet Beba, Pupa and Kukla, three old women who are staying together at a spa in the Czech Republic. The connection between the two stories and with Baba Yaga is found in the third and final section of the book. Part 3 is presented as if a folklore expert was responding to a request for information about Baba Yaga relating to the first two sections.

James Tiptree, 2010