A Day in the Life of Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s summer daily routine in Staraya Russa, 1874. Based on the memoir of Anna Dostoevskaya.

The small, old, provincial city of Staraya Russa, in the Novgorod Province, left its own mark upon the biography and works of F.M.Dostoevsky. This was the place the Dostoevsky family chose for summer vacations with their children.

Dostoevsky first came to Staraya Russa on May 18, 1872. The writer’s daughter Liuba was not yet three years old, and his son Fedya was not yet one. The city, with the lush greenery of its gardens and the tolling bells of its many churches, was very comforting. From that time onward the family would come to Staraya Russa every summer.

The artwork created by Vjisak

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