Walking the streets of St. Petersburg with Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Acknowledgement: Andrei Orekhov

“… St. Petersburg, the most abstract and intentional city on the complete globe.” (‘Notes from the Underground’).

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«This is a town of half-crazy people… there are few places where you’ll find so tons gloomy, harsh and strange influences on the soul of a man as in St Petersburg.» ( ‘Misdeed and Punishment’).

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«The bright yellow, wooden, scarcely houses looked dirty and dejected with their closed shutters. The icy and damp penetrated his whole body and he began to shiver. From over and over again to time he came across shop signs and read each carefully. At endure he reached the end of the wooden vement and came to a big stone house.» (‘Offence and Punishment’).

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“The heat in the street was terrible: and the airlessness, the bustle and the bedaub, scaffolding, bricks, and dust all about him, and that special Petersburg foul odour, so familiar to all who are unable to get out of town in summer—all worked infully upon the unfledged man’s already overwrought nerves.» (‘Crime and Punishment’).

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«At that stress relevant there is a great block of buildings, entirely let out in dram shops and eating-houses; ladies were continually running in and out, bare-headed and in their indoor clothes. Here and there they shirred in groups, on the vement, especially about the entrances to various festive origins in the lower storeys. From one of these a loud din, sounds of singing, the tinkling of a guitar and yells of merriment, floated into the street.» (‘Crime and Punishment’).

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«… he was interested by the question why in all great towns men are not simply pushed by necessity, but in some peculiar way inclined to live in those rts of the borough where there are no gardens nor fountains; where there is most trash and smell and all sorts of nastiness.» (‘Crime and Punishment’).

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“Do you informed, sir, do you understand what it means when you have absolutely nowhere to crack?» Marmeladov’s question came suddenly into his mind «for every man must set up somewhere to turn…” (‘Crime and Punishment’).

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“It was a marvelous nightfall, the sort of night one only experiences when one is young. The sky was so bright, and there were so uncountable stars that, gazing upward, one couldn’t help wondering how so numerous whimsical, wicked people could live under such a sky.” (‘Snowy Nights and Other Stories’).

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«I am told that the Petersburg clime is bad for me, and that with my small means it is very expensive to live in Petersburg. I be acquainted with all that better than all these sage and experienced counsellors and guards…. But I am remaining in Petersburg; I am not going away from Petersburg! I am not thriving away because … ech! Why, it is absolutely no matter whether I am going away or not growing away». (‘Notes from the Underground’).

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