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Dostoevsky Museum in Staraya Russa

Dostoyevsky Memorial Museum in Staraya Russa The exposition of this museum open in the house bought by the great writer in the 1870s, tells visitors about the life of Fyodor Dostoyevsky and his family in Staraya Russa. Here Dostoyevsky wrote chapters from his novels "The Adolescent", "The Possessed" and "The Karamazov Brothers". The interior decorations, furniture, pictures, books and numerous photographs are restored and arranged to create an atmosphere similar to that in which the prominent writer lived and worked. A few personal things -- a top hat, a pair of gloves, a medicine bottle with a receipt -- arise feelings of melancholy and pity, for so little material evidence has been left of the life of a great man.

The house is only part of the exposition. The court-yard with a Russian bathhouse, the picturesque embankment of the River Pererytitsa, the remaining old constructions that had been described in "The Karamazov Brothers" -- such as the house of Grushenka and the Church of St. George -- make the whole corner of the city adjoining the memorial complex a peculiar stage that had witnessed the main scenes described in Dostoyevsky's works.

Soon another exposition entirely devoted to the unfinished novel "The Karamazov Brothers" will be opened in the Beklimishevsky house as soon as the restoration work there is completed.

The Dostoyevsky Memorial Museum organizes annual literary recitations "Dostoyevsky and Modern Literature" which attracts scientists from Russia, the CIS countries, Japan, France, Canada, etc.

The museum has gathered a wonderful collection of works by the writer published in different languages, as well as paintings, drawings and sculptural works depicting the writer and his characters, and some typical objects of the end of the 19th - early 20th centuries.



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