Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821-81) was a writer and philosopher, famous for works such as Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov. His first novel, Poor Folk, was published when Dostoyevsky was just 25 years old. He went on to be a master in writing with many critics rating him as one of the world’s greatest psychologists in literature.
Dostoyevsky was born in Moscow and introduced to books at an early age. It soon became his passion. After graduating, he worked as an engineer and worked as a translator on the side. In 1849, he was arrested for his involvement in a secret literature society known as the Petrashevsky Circle. He was sentenced to death until Tsar Nicholas I came to his rescue and instead sentenced him to four years of exile in Siberia. This is just part of his fascinating story. You can learn more at the museum dedicated to his life and work.
Today, Frodor Dostoyevsky’s story is told at the Dostoyevsky Museum in St. Petersburg. Put yourself in his shoes as you enter his old apartment on Kuznechny Lane. He inhabited this flat twice and composed some of his most famous writing here. The reconstruction has been possible through memoirs from his family and friends.
The museum is divided into four main parts:
• The Writer’s Memorial Apartment
• The Literary Exhibit
• The Exhibit Halls
• The Theatre
The museum’s collection has grown over time and in the library alone, there are thought to be over 24,000 volumes.
The museum is not on the main tourist track but is a nice thirty minute walk from the city centre and the Radisson Sonya Hotel, St. Petersburg. It can also be easily reached by public transport. If arts and culture is your passion, why not also visit Mikhailovsky Theatre, the home of the city’s opera and ballet company.