The Myth Reading Group meets on ‘Zoom’ on Wednesday 2 December, 5:30-6:30 pm (UK time). The link to join can be found in the comments for this post. All are welcome.
Continuing our topic of ‘Food’, the primary text is an extract from Dubravka Ugrešić, Baba Yaga Laid an Egg, (Canongate, 2010), trans. Ellen Elias-Bursać, Celia Hawkesworth and Mark Thompson.
The novel is split in three parts. The first two sections present the stories of women who deal with death and old age in Eastern Europe. The second section, where the “Egg Dream” extract is taken from, is about three old women (Beba, Pupa, Kukla) and their visit to a spa in Czech Republic.
The third section of the novel is a semi-fictional “academic” commentary on the elements of the Baba Yaga myth entitled ‘Baba Yaga For Beginners.’ It is written by a fictional expert in Folklore Studies and serves as a commentary on the first two sections of the book. From this section we will read the “Egg” entry.