Granny Yaga
A Fantasy Novel for Adults and Children

Granny Yaga by Vitali Vitaliev


by Vitali Vitaliev

On a drab winter’s evening, an old woman is spotted flying over London’s Bloomsbury, an area known for its magical, masonic and shamanism associations. Not long after there is a new arrival in London: Yadwiga, alias Baba Yaga, one of the most interesting characters of East European folklore – an ambiguous witch, a sorceress and an unlikely superheroine.

For over a thousand years Baba Yaga lived in a hut on hen’s legs in the forest until she was driven out by “deforestation” and the invasion of overly-curious visitors. She joins the Sablins family who are struggling to make ends meet in a fictitious East European country, and encourages them to move to London – where their adventures really begin. For Baba Yaga has a sworn enemy, Koschei the Deathless, the incarnation of all evil. He used to be her partner until they fell out. He has put a curse on her so that every time she is asked a question she gets a little bit older.

When the Sablins’ son Danny discovers the identity of the woman he calls Granny, he joins her on a fantastic adventure, encountering a dragon and a talking cat, and visiting disused stations on the London Underground, boarded-up houses, going back in time to a Victorian cemetery and the fantasy Yesterdayland.

The story takes the reader on a fascinating excursion through the history of Slavic and British folklore projected on the tribulations of modern Western life.

“Granny Yaga is for the child in a grown-up and the grown-up in a child… The reader flies along with the narrative, never feeling like getting off, hoping the journey will never end and feeling sad that, like all superb books, it has to.” Alexander Boot, author, columnist and blogger

“Delightfully inventive. Wickedly funny.” Marina Lewycka, author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian

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