Season 2 Episode 34: Elisabeth on The Eugene Onegin Challenge Part 2

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Alexander Pushkin by Orest Kiprensky (Public Domain)

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 promised to come back and talk about the  “The Eugene Onegin Challenge” which is happening on her blog, A Russian Affair

As you know, I have taken up the challenge and am reading Alexander Pushkin’s masterpiece, Eugene Onegin, which he wrote over the course of eight years. The adventure is underway.

So, put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

A Russian Affair, Elisabeth Van Der Meer

“With this challenge I hope to add something extra to your reading experience that will make it more interesting, intense, attentive, and (even more) enjoyable. I will be eating, dreaming, thinking, hearing Eugene Onegin for the next four months and I can’t wait to find out what the end result will be!”

Elisabeth Van Der Meer

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8 Replies to “Season 2 Episode 34: Elisabeth on The Eugene Onegin Challenge Part 2”

  1. Aside from your “the trio” podcasts, this has to be one of the most wonderful podcasts, ever! I’m truly without words to describe my response but quickly went to edit my review of this novel at Goodreads. Immediately after finishing Eugene Onegin I gave a ‘shout out’ to Elisabeth but also just now added mention of your podcast with her. Thank you, Rebecca for bringing her excellent blog to everyone’s attention. And thank you Elisabeth! I can’t wait for our next book challenge. Perhaps Fathers and Sons since it has some relevant themes to our contemporary situations, e.g., consequences of idealism.

    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3214702522?book_show_action=false

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    1. Mary Jo – thank you for your amazing support of The Eugene Onegin Challenge. Very very much appreciated. Elisabeth and I have a conversation planned to discuss the final chapter. In many ways, it is a happily ever after story. I would have never fully appreciated this narrative without Elisabeth as my guide. Her knowledge of Russian Literature is extensive, but her brilliance is found in her understanding of the human condition and her ability to communicate the nuances of the story to listeners/readers. I have an audio version of Fathers and Sons, which is a beginning. I must become more acquainted with Goodreads – it really is a wonderful community. Hugs and more hugs.

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  2. Such an engaging conversation, Rebecca and Elisabeth! An expert podcaster and an expert on “Eugene Onegin” (as well as Russian literature in general) is quite a combination!

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    1. Thank you, Dave – your comments are always encouraging and supportive. I would have never read Eugene Onegin if I hadn’t met Elisabeth. She opened a new adventure into Russian Literature. You have reminded me to revisit fiction, which is something that I never thought that would embrace with such vigor. I have gone back to my love of Greek mythology with my current read via Audible: Circe by Madeline Miller. It is a magnificent narrative. We meet kindred spirits along the way that give meaning and joy to our journey. Books have the best adventures!

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  3. What particularly captured my attention in this discussion of Eugene Onegin, as well as the previous one, was Pushkin’s putting himself in the novel. I laughed out loud at the “cliff-hanger” ending of the chapter with, there’s more, but I’m just too tired to tell you right now. I’ve always gotten a kick out of the 19th-century trope of direct address to the “dear reader,’ although I find contemporary metafiction irritating.

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    1. I have learned so much from reading Eugene Onegin. I had the audio version and the book version together, which added to the reading experience. There is so much to learn, to explore, to understand in literature. It is a never-ending treasure hunt – so glad that there are kindred spirits along the way to guide me.

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      1. It’s so exciting how each book we read teaches us something new and a subsequent discussion with other readers teaches us even more. It just occured to me to wonder whether a really good reading experience releases endorphins for a “reader’s high”!

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      2. You do send me off on the most marvelous research projects. I never thought about whether endorphins were released during reading. I know that I sometimes feel an adrenaline rush so I think you are on to something, Liz. I know that I feel more relaxed and in sync with my surroundings when I read. Let’s keep reading.

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