Ludmilla Petrushevskaya was born in Moscow in 1938. Her stories and plays were blacklisted by the Soviets until perestroika. Since then, two of her novels have been shortlisted for the Russian Booker Prize, and she has been acknowledged a "living classic" in her homeland. The founding light of the "new women's prose" movement that also includes Tatyana Tolstaya and Ludmila Ulitskaya, she has produced work in a remarkable range of genres, with an emphasis most recently on magical stories based in contemporary Russian realities. Penguin will be publishing a new translation of her Scary Fairy Tales in early 2009.