St Petersburg remembers Dostoevsky on the anniversary of his death

Dostoevsky Museum commemorates the anniversary of the death of the author with a series of events

Tomorrow, 9 February, St Petersburg will commemorate the 136th anniversary of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s death. The commemoration will start at 11am at the Tikhvin Cemetery (1 Alexander Nevsky Square) where people will come to lay flowers on Dostoevsky’s graves. After that, a Byzantine memorial service will take place at the Vladimirskaya Church (20 Vladimirsky Prospekt) in honour of the writer. At 2pm, the Dostoevsky Literary Memorial Museum will host a performance by Petr Semak, National Artist of the Russian Federation. He will be reading an excerpt from Dostoevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov. Finally, at 2.40pm Doctor of Philology Boris Tihomirov will be holding a lecture on the theme Dostoevsky’s Family in the Years of the Revolution and the Civil War. The museum entrance will be free of charge for this occasion.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky Literary Museum can be found in the house where the writer used to rent a flat, on the crossroad between Kuznechny lane and Dostoevsky street (5 Kuznechny lane). The writer lived there with his family from 1878 until his death on 9 February 1881. In this same apartment, the author composed his famous speech addressed to Pushkin, as well as the last and probably the most complex of his masterpieces, The Brothers Karamazov.

In Soviet times, Dostoyevsky’s flat was readapted into a kommunalka (communal apartment) and only in 1971 converted into a museum. Besides Dostoevsky’s memorial flat, which was accurately reconstructed, the museum hosts an art exhibition space and a small theatre staging plays based on Dostoevsky’s works.

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