Dostoevsky and Revolution of 1917
In his novels, Dostoevsky portrays a city of slums, dives and brothels. The city embodies the social injustice which his characters rebel against. My tour offers you an insight into how the works the great Russian novelist influenced the revolutionary movement.
As a young man Dostoevsky was sent to Siberia for participating in the revolutionary circles. Later on, however, he became a prominent opponent of the revolutionaries. To recreate the atmosphere of the capital of the Tsar, where small groups of intelligentsia paved the way for revolution, we will follow the steps of the protagonists of Dostoevsky’s novel.
For all literature buffs, it is a must — it’s the classic Crime and Punishment tour.
Walking in the footsteps of the protagonist of the novel, the student Raskolnikov, as he was heading to kill two innocent women, we are going to sneak a look into the everyday life of the townsfolk of Dostoevsky’s times and explore the large area of tenement houses around Sennaya Square, known in English as the Hay Market.
The tour is a pleasant 2-hour walk with several stops at the places described in the famous novel.
Regular ticket: 3750 RUB per group
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Dostoevsky and Revolution of 1917 - customer reviews
July, 10 2013
Awesome. Vladimir came prepared with maps, print-outs, old photos, quotes from the novel and from the press of the period, providing excellent background to a fascinating 2-hour tour. Vladimir's narration revolves around the life of Dostoyevsky and the plot of the novel. You will get most out of it if you are familiar with "Crime and Punishment", but the tour is cleverly designed in such a way, that you will enjoy it and learn from it even if you have not read the book. Highly recommended!
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