Dropping in on Dostoevsky in St Petersburg, Russia
The apartment at Kuznechny Pereulok 5 in the heart of St. Petersburg, is where Fyodor Dostoevsky lived with his family at the end of his life in the 1881. To explore the austere building is to imagine a time when a desk by the window was a refuge from the anguish and poverty of the streets outside, and the novelist poured his ideas about spiritual torment into his works (Brothers Karamozov was written here). The rooms have been painstakingly restored, and it feels as if the apartment is waiting for the great man to return. If he were somehow able to, he would find his hat still perching on a stand in the hall, the notes he scribbled to his daughter scattered on the table, and a handful of cigarettes collected in a tin, rolled but never to be smoked. A walking tour from the museum to the sites that inspired Crime and Punishment—Raskolnikov's house and the murder route—can be arranged.