Season 2 Episode 42: Elisabeth on The Eugene Onegin Challenge Finale — Tea Toast & Trivia

Once again I’ve joined forces with Rebecca Budd from Tea, Toast and Trivia, and we’ve recorded a final podcast about Pushkin and Eugene Onegin. Many thanks to Rebecca and her husband Don for giving me the opportunity to discuss one of my favourite subjects!

Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia. Thank you for listening in. “We still, alas, cannot forestall it This dreadful ailment’s heavy toll; The spleen is what the English call it, We call it simply, Russian soul.” Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin Elisabeth Van Der Meer from the extraordinary blog, A Russian Affair, has once again joined […]

Season 2 Episode 42: Elisabeth on The Eugene Onegin Challenge Finale — Tea Toast & Trivia

4 thoughts on “Season 2 Episode 42: Elisabeth on The Eugene Onegin Challenge Finale — Tea Toast & Trivia

  1. Another superb conversation about “Eugene Onegin,” Elisabeth and Rebecca! Many highlights — including how personal “EO” was to Pushkin, the idea of taking or not taking one’s fate in one’s own hands, and how much of a Pushkin scholar Nabokov was. I have mixed feelings about Nabokov and his writing, but he certainly made a wise choice of whom to admire (Pushkin)!

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  2. Elisabeth – thank you for your excellent guidance as I read Eugene Onegin and for opening my eyes to to the extraordinary storyteller, Alexander Pushkin . It has been a remarkable journey for me, one that has set me on a course to explore other Russian writers. Your blog is a treasure chest full of information. As you know, I just finished reading “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. Because of our conversations about Russian Literature, this book had more meaning and relevancy. As I mentioned to Dave, I did not connect Nabokov to Lolita until you mentioned it in our discussion. I am looking forward to more adventures following your posts. Now, I’m looking into Nikolai Gogol!!! The narratives await….

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  3. Thank you again, Rebecca, for giving me this opportunity. I have finished A Gentleman in Moscow as well now and I absolutely loved it! And there are a lot of references to Russian literature. As for Nabokov, he is an interesting figure. His views were often controversial, as is of course his most famous novel Lolita!
    Hugs to you and Don 🤗

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