Envy by Olesha (w/ Dr. José Vergara)
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This week, Matt and Cameron are joined by Dr. José Vergara to talk about - drum roll please - two books: Envy by Yuri Olesha as well as All Future Plunges to the Past: James Joyce in Russian Literature by Dr. Vergara. We had a wonderful chance to go over the plot of a neurotic would-be clerk in Envy, while also getting to look at the work through the lens of Joycean influence. Get your Jameson, get envious of the New Soviet Man, and tune in!
Major themes: Cheap but nutritious sausage, Ophelia the destroyer, Soviet ambivalence
06:19 - Fool that I am, I got this wrong. It’s a 35-kopek sausage.