Trailing Dostoevsky in St. Petersburg


Russian literature got its start in St. Petersburg, and Elaine Blair's new pocket-size book, Literary St. Petersburg, pays tribute to 15 writers—from Alexander Pushkin to Joseph Brodsky—whose lives and stories are indelibly linked to the city.

We've reprinted a chapter on Fyodor Dostoevsky that includes the spectacular blue-domed cathedral where he married, the site of his mock execution, and the garret apartment that housed Raskolnikov, the protagonist of Crime and Punishment.

Click here for the book excerpt and city map.

IMAGE: The book cover depicts a view of the Neva and the Admiralteyskaya Embankment by Moonlight, 1882, by Aleksandr Karlovich Beggrov (cover designed by Louise Fili Ltd; image courtesy of Stage Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia/The Bridgeman Art Library).

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