You think you know horror? Think again.
The uniquely Russian domestic hell described in this book is what I lived through myself or heard about from others, and I can tell you that every bit of it is true, but in Petrushevskaya's words it becomes more than true. It screams in your face right off the page. Now that's real horror and real writing rolled up in one. In other words, a treasure. But read the introduction last—it summarizes all three novellas, and so it takes away the pleasure of guessing.