Petrushevskaya Lyudmila Stefanovna (born 1938), writer, playwright.
Born May 26 in Moscow in the family of an employee. She lived a heavy military half-starved childhood, wandered around relatives, lived in an orphanage near Ufa.
After the war she returned to Moscow, graduated from the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow University. She worked as a correspondent for Moscow newspapers, as an employee of publishing houses, since 1972 as an editor at the Central Television Studio.
Petrushevskaya started writing poems early, writing scripts for student evenings, without seriously thinking about writing.
The first published work was the story “Through the Fields”, which appeared in 1972 in the magazine “Aurora”. Since that time, Petrushevskaya’s prose has not been published for more than a decade.
The first plays were seen by amateur theaters: the play “Lessons of Music” (1973) was staged by R. Viktyuk
in 1979 in the theater studio of the cultural center “Moskvorechye” and almost immediately banned (printed only in 1983).
The production of “Chinzano” was carried out by the theater “Gaudeamus” in Lviv. Professional theaters began to put on plays by Petrushevskaya in the 1980s: a one-act play “Love” at the Taganka Theater, “Kolumbina’s Apartment” in Sovremennik, Moscow Chorus at the Moscow Art Theater. For a long time, the writer had to work “on the table” – the editors could not publish stories and plays about the “shadow aspects of life.” She did not stop working, creating play-jokes (“Andante”, “Kolombina’s Apartment”), plays-dialogues (“Glass of Water,” “
Prose Petrushevskaya continues her drama in the thematic terms and in the use of artistic techniques. Her works represent a kind of encyclopedia of female life from youth to old age: “Adventures of the Faith”, “The History of Clarissa”, “Daughter of Xenia”, “Country”,
“Who will answer?”, “Mysticism”, “Hygiene” and many others. In 1990 the cycle “Songs of the Eastern Slavs” was written, in 1992 – the story “Time is Night”. Writes fairy tales for both adults and children: “Once upon a time there was an alarm clock,” “Well, Mom, well!” – “Fairy tales told to children” (1993); “Little Sorceress”, “Puppet Novel” (1996). L. Petrushevskaya lives and works in Moscow.
A short biography from the book: Russian writers and poets. A short biographical dictionary. Moscow, 2000.