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Dostoevsky Museum: Excursion Starts from the Doors of our School

We start the series of posts about the interesting places and monuments that are located around the ProBa Language Center.

The Dostoevsky literary-memorial museum is located in the last apartment of Dostoevsky at Kuznechniy pereylok 5/2 as there are a lot of places where helived around St. Petersburg. By the way, there’s another building close to the school where Dostoevsky lived and wrote the novel “Poor Folk” (Grafskiy per.4). The ProBa Language Centre organizes the study-excursions to the museum for our students so they can learn his biography from the professional guides and explore the heritage of the great author in the place where he worked and lived.   Being able to read Russian classics in original language is a great reason to start learning Russian language in St. Petersburg.

F.M. Dostoevsky portrait by V.G. Perov. (1872) 

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) was born in 1821 in Moscow. He moved to Saint-Petersburg with his brother when he was 16 years old in order to enroll in the Principal Engineer School. It was a desire of his father. But Dostoevsky himself dreamt of a literary career. St. Petersburg played a huge role in the literature of Dostoevsky as it became one of the characters itself. The author wasn’tinterested in the shiny central prospects and beautiful palaces. The real life of the poor people and dirty slums of the 19th century attracted him more. The mystery and greyness of the city and its people inspired the author to work with psychological portraits of his characters. After finishing his studies in the Engineer School, he devoted his life to the art of literature.He became a famous writer worldwide and a few of his works include “Crime and Punishment” (1866), “The Idiot” (1869), “The Brothers Karamazov” (1880).   

F.M. Dostoevky. White Night by I.S. Glazunov. (1983) 

A monument to Dostoevsky was opened in 1997 on Bolshaya Moskovskaya Street next to Vladimirskaya metro station (5 minutes from ProBa School). “Dostoevsky Day” is a celebration which takes place from 2010 and traditionally starts next to the monument every first Saturday of July. The date is connected with the beginning of the “Crime and Punishment” where all of the events of narration start in July. During this day many events, which are devoted to Dostoevsky and his characters, take place in the local libraries, theatres and museums. Come to St. Petersburg in summer and witness all of it by yourself!

Learning Russian language is an important step that will allow you to read the magnificent pieces of Russian literature in the original in the future. Meanwhile,visiting St. Petersburg whether you studied Russian before or have never seen the alphabet won’t leave you disappointed as Russian culture and beauty of the Imperial capital help to learn the language and receive a rich cultural experience. The ProBa Language Centre is always ready to offer you the best courses and prices with professional teachers. 

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