A Russian Affair is four years old!


A Russian Affair is four years old!

And still going strong. The followers of this blog know that in 2018 I have moved from the Netherlands to Finland to live with the love of my life. Moving countries is no small feat, but Finland seems to agree with me and I’m settling in well. The (next) best thing about Finland is of course the beautiful nature, I love to go out and enjoy it! 

Meanwhile there was plenty going on at A Russian Affair as well: I wrote about War and Peace again, about Russian horror stories, about Finns in Russian literature and the wives of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy also got some well deserved attention. Your favourite blog post was Russian Ghost Stories, one that I particularly enjoyed making. I had great fun reading all those stories again and making the photos for the post.

All time favourites by far are still Fyodor Dolokhov – the Bad Guy from War and Peace and Is there really an incestueus relationship in War and Peace?

But I’m not finished with War and Peace yet (will I ever be?): I’m going to write something about Denisov and about Pierre’s duel. I would also like to talk about Turgenev’s Smoke and to tell you something about Russian plays. Chekhov was of course a famous playwright, but Gogol and Turgenev wrote plays as well.


I get inspired by whatever comes across my path and often by your commentary and blogs, so who knows what else the year will bring.

I wish you all a wonderful blog year!


text and photos © Elisabeth van der Meer, 2019

57 thoughts on “A Russian Affair is four years old!

  1. To start a blog is easy, to keep it up takes dedication. Well done with reaching your 4 year milestone.
    I moved from Germany to the US, so I can relate to the whole moving part.

    Happy and healthy new year to you and best greetings to Finland.

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  2. Always a joy to stop by and participate in the discussion. All the very best in 2019 – looking forward to our ongoing conversations. Life is always, always a grand adventures.

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  3. Congratulations, Elisabeth! Thank you for your very interesting and always inspiring blog. I have read a good few books thanks to you 🙂 Wishing you all the best for the future! xx


  4. Congratulations! Hope you have a wonderful year ahead with lots of Russian lit to keep you warm through an icy Finnish winter 🙂

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  5. all the best for you and your wonderful blog, dear Elisabeth!

    Search, read, find, write, enjoy… ….and thanks for all these wonderful articles. 🙂

    smiles 🙂 and all the best for you and your blog!

    cheers, Markus

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  6. Happy Blogaversary from me too! It is so great that there is a blog that promotes Russian literature.


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