39 episodes

Tatiana and Niko meet together to discuss great literature of the past and present. In each episode they read a book of contemporary world literature and pair it with a canonical western classic to delve into shared literary themes and questions that writers keep returning to across space and time.

Follow us on Instagram: @desperatereaderspod
and Twitter: @DesperateReads

Sound recording and editing by Niko and Tatiana
Opening music by Seth Thomsen

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Tatiana and Niko meet together to discuss great literature of the past and present. In each episode they read a book of contemporary world literature and pair it with a canonical western classic to delve into shared literary themes and questions that writers keep returning to across space and time.

Follow us on Instagram: @desperatereaderspod
and Twitter: @DesperateReads

Sound recording and editing by Niko and Tatiana
Opening music by Seth Thomsen

    XXXVIII. Is-slottet: The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas

    XXXVIII. Is-slottet: The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas

    The Nordic trilogy wraps up with The Ice Palace by Norwegian novelist Tarjei Vesaas, which recounts the strange relationship between two girls, Siss and Unn, and the aftermath when one of them disappears. Niko and Tatiana discuss girlhood, the Other, the psyche, and community. 

    • 46 min
    XXXVII. I Was Taking a Drive: A Shining by Jon Fosse

    XXXVII. I Was Taking a Drive: A Shining by Jon Fosse

    The overdue Nordic winter trilogy continues: Tatiana and Niko read 2023 Nobel Prize Laureate Jon Fosse's most recent translated work, A Shining, about a man who begins to drive until he finds himself in the woods during a snow storm. They discuss modern inner monologues, psychoanalysis, and the limits of language. 

    • 42 min
    XXXVI. Bro!: Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney

    XXXVI. Bro!: Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney

    We're Back! After a long winter (and winter break), Niko and Tatiana read the classic Old English epic Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney. They discuss legacy, vigilance,  steadfastness, and how lads love lads.
     
    This episode was recorded in January 2024.

    • 39 min
    XXXV. Ethics and Aesthetics: Poor Things by Alasdair Gray

    XXXV. Ethics and Aesthetics: Poor Things by Alasdair Gray

    In preparation for the new Yorgos Lanthimos movie, Niko and Tatiana read Poor Things by Alasdair Gray. They discuss Bella Baxter's story, ethics and aesthetics, nineteenth-century medicine, and muse a little on the movie starring Emma Stone and Mark Ruffalo. 

    • 44 min
    XXXIV. Life Is Hard, but You Must Be Harder: Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi

    XXXIV. Life Is Hard, but You Must Be Harder: Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi

    This week, Niko and Tatiana read Woman at Point Zero by Egyptian feminist author and doctor Nawal El Saadawi, the "Simone de Beauvoir of the Arab world". Based on a true story, Woman at Point Zero recounts the life of Firdaus, a young prostitute on death row, allowing her to reclaim the meaning of her life and depict the lot of Egyptian women. Niko and Tatiana discuss consciousness, sex work, and the gaze of eyes. 

    • 43 min
    XXXIII. How Did they ever Make a Podcast of Lolita: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

    XXXIII. How Did they ever Make a Podcast of Lolita: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

    A true American classic! Niko and Tatiana read Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita and discuss eroticism, the English language, and America!

    • 45 min

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