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Ludmila Ulitskaya

  • Maria Ignatevna ... poured orange juice into a glass, topped it up with vodka and threw in a handful of ice-cubes. She always drank the American way now: weak, sweet and ceaseless.

    • Ludmila Ulitskaya,
    • in Cathy Porter, trans., The Funeral Party ()
  • Literature is the finest thing humankind has created. Poetry is the beating heart of literature, the highest concentration of all that is best in the world and in people. It is the only true food for the soul.

  • ... history isn't algebra. It's not an exact science.

  • Love and hunger rule the world. It's terribly banal, but that's the way it is.

  • Music was the incontrovertible proof of the existence of another world.

  • Music, once it is released by your hands, lives only for a moment before dying away, dispersing into waves moving through space. But the ephemerality of music is just the other face of its immortality.

  • There is a year, or perhaps a season, in almost every person's life, when the buds of possibility burst open, when fateful meetings take place, when paths cross, when courses and levels shift, when life rises from the depths and ascends to the heights.

  • It's a strange, inexplicable law that the most innocent people among us are the ones predisposed to the greatest sense of guilt.

Ludmila Ulitskaya, Russian writer

(1943)

Full name: Lyudmila Evgenyevna Ulitskaya