TMR 12.10 “Karenina’s Portrait” [THE BOOK OF ANNA]

After talking a bit about Women in Translation Month and the voting process for choosing the Season 13 title, Chad and Brian get into the twisty nature of Part III of The Book of Anna, in which Anna’s portrait is given to the tsar, and Leo Tolstoy appears in the dreams of two characters, both to berate them and make a case for revolution. This part ends with a bit of a tease, as next week we finally get to hear from Anna Karenina herself in the form of her opium inspired book.

This week’s Anna song is “Apollo and the Buffalo and Anna Anna Anna Oh!” by Sunset Rubdown.

And again, if you want to help pick from the four finalists for season 13 (Zone, Vernon Subutex, Ada, or Ardor, Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming), fill out this survey. Thanks in advance!

If you’d prefer to watch the conversation, you can find it on YouTube along with all our past episodes. Next week we’ll discuss part four, “The Book of Anna” (pgs 127-161). You can watch it live next Wednesday, August 12th.

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