The Time: Night by Ludmila Petrushevskaya

The book is a stark portrayal of the struggles faced by a multi-generational family living in the cramped quarters of a Moscow apartment during the twilight years of the Soviet Union. The narrative is driven by the matriarch, a poet who is both resilient and weary, as she navigates the complexities of caring for her mentally unstable daughter and her neglected grandson. The story delves deep into themes of maternal sacrifice, poverty, and the relentless passage of time, painting a grim picture of domestic life and the burdens of womanhood in a society that is as unforgiving as it is oppressive.

The 5498th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 102

Since this book was first published in 1992, there is a penalty of 28.8%. The age adjusted score is 72.62.

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