The Real and Surreal Blur Together in "The Universal Draught"

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Author Elena Lebedeva-Fradkoff delves into her dreams in new short story collection.

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The Universal Draught: The Book of Dreams” (published by Archway Publishing), by author Elena Lebedeva-Fradkoff in collaboration with Helen Hagon, shares narratives of psychological fiction ranging from the grotesque to the sensuous.

“Reality meets the dream world in a mysterious haze of uncertainty, introducing endangered wasps, an unborn voice, wolves of snow, the surgical removal of souls, and much more,” says Lebedeva-Fradkoff.

Featuring original illustrations, this dream-based short story collection presents experimentations with the real and surreal. Each story has its own cast of characters from the beautiful strangeness of Sasha and the ubiquitous black kitten, Midzuorsi, to Si Yen in her mysterious pavilion and the macabre Doctor Gardine.

“The starting point for the stories is dreams, but each dream takes on its own unique reality as the story progresses,” Lebedeva-Fradkoff explains. “The book is a treasury of unconventional thoughts, ideas and images to challenge and be savored.”

“The Universal Draught”
By Elena Lebedeva-Fradkoff
Softcover | 7.5 x 9.25 in | 542 pages | ISBN 9781480843332
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Elena Lebedeva-Fradkoff was born in Ukraine, but later moved to the United States, where she now lives in a small, picturesque town near Boston. She has been writing at least half her life. In spite of two degrees and a technical profession, she prefers her desk, a cup of coffee and the silence of literary meditation.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit or call 888-242-5904.

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