Toby Barlow's Novel Babayaga

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Toby Barlow talks about his new novel, Babayaga, about love, spies, and witches in 1950s Paris—and a cop turned into a flea. It follows Will, a young executive at an American ad agency in Paris that’s a front for the CIA. Will doesn’t think he’s a Cold War warrior, he’s just a good-hearted Detroit ad guy who can’t seem to figure out Parisian girls.


Toby Barlow

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Gary from Port Washington, NY

Correction: THERE IS NOTHNG CUTE ABOUT FLEAS. Mr. Barlow doesn't have pets. A neighbor got fleas from their dog and eventually they have to bomb the house because it wasn't habitable. They bit your ankles and it is worse than mosquitos bits, they carry deadly diseases and are the worst animal every "created." I will take cock roaches over them any day!!!! You won't get the plague from Cock Roaches!!!

Aug. 08 2013 01:24 PM

Baba Yaga (two words) is a specific character in Russian folklore. She is old, lives at the edge of a forest in a hut with chicken feet, and sometimes has appetite for human flesh, especially of young children.

Witches (ved'my) are believed to be capable of turning into young beautiful women, but Baba Yaga always stays the same old hunchback ugly witch.

Her other distinction was using a mortar in addition to a broom for flying. This and her remote location were the basis for the theory that this character was a depiction of an extraterrestrial.

Are you sure this novel is about the CIA?

Aug. 08 2013 10:00 AM

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