Season 2 Episode 31: Elisabeth On The Eugene Onegin Challenge — Tea Toast & Trivia

Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. Elisabeth Van Der Meer from the extraordinary blog, A Russian Affair, has once again joined me from Finland, the far distance of 7,514 km from Vancouver. Elisabeth issued “The Eugene Onegin Challenge” which is happening on her blog, A Russian Affair. I have taken […]

Season 2 Episode 31: Elisabeth On The Eugene Onegin Challenge — Tea Toast & Trivia

6 thoughts on “Season 2 Episode 31: Elisabeth On The Eugene Onegin Challenge — Tea Toast & Trivia

  1. Elisabeth, I wrote this comment (awaiting moderation) on Rebecca’s podcast page:

    Fabulous conversation, Rebecca and Elisabeth! Novels in the form of a poem (or novels which mix lots of poetry with prose, a la A.S. Byatt’s “Possession” and Nabokov’s “Pale Fire”) can be fascinating creations. And it’s so interesting, as you discussed, when the writer includes herself or himself as a character in a work — as Pushkin did in “Eugene Onegin.” John Steinbeck (briefly) did that, too, in “East of Eden.” I look forward to reading “Eugene Onegin” — on my list for when my local library reopens. 🙂 Your enthusiastic description of it, Elisabeth, makes it clear that it’s a classic — a classic, as was mentioned in the podcast, perhaps underrated/not as known as it should be outside of Russia. Great questions, as always, Rebecca!

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  2. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed our conversation, Dave! You can trust Rebecca to come up with unexpected and interesting questions. I didn’t know about Steinbeck in East of Eden; interesting fact!

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