Ulitskaya, Lyudmila Evgenyevna

Ulitskaya, Lyudmila Evgenyevna, 1943–, Russian writer and Soviet-era dissident, grad. Moscow State Univ. She worked as a geneticist at the USSR Academy of Sciences (1968–70), was fired for reprinting underground books, and began writing essays, plays, and stories for magazines. She has written novels, short stories, plays, and film scripts dealing with the Soviet and post-Soviet eras, in which her characters navigate a path between politics, personal loyalty, and individual integrity. Among her novels and other works of fiction are Sonechka (1995; tr. 2005), a novella and short stories; Medea and Her Children (1996; tr. 2002); The Funeral Party (1997; tr. 2001); The Kukotsky Enigma (2001; tr. 2015), winner of the Russian Booker Prize; Women's Lies (2003); The People of Our Tsar (2005), a short-story collection; Daniel Stein, Interpreter (2006; tr, 2011), which dealt with Jewish-Christian relations and the Holocaust; and The Big Green Tent (2010; tr. 2015), about Soviet dissidents in the 1960s.

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