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EP2 | Suffering & Russian Literature—Gary Saul Morson

Dr. Tod Worner

July 25, 2023

What Belarusian Svetlana Alexievich observed, upon winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, could as easily be ascribed to the Russian novelists: “Suffering is our capital, our national resource. . . Not oil or gas—but suffering.” What is it about Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, Chekhov and Turgenev that so keenly wrestles with suffering and the human soul?

Dr. Gary Saul Morson, a scholar of Russian literature at Northwestern University, joins me in exploring the depths of suffering in Russian literature. 

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