Be Our Guest! – The Museums of Russian Writers

Five Russian Writers, Pushkin, Dostoyevksy, Blok, Akhmatova and Nabokov

In St Petersburg, many of the former homes of famous writers of Russian literature have been preserved and are now open to visit. These small museums are often made up of at least two apartments. The first apartment usually houses the writer’s biographical details and the development of the writer’s literature and prose. Here, display cabinets hold original sketches, notes and drafts written by the writers themselves. In the second apartment, you see the actual apartment where the writers lived, fully restored to their original furnishings. After viewing the first apartment, the literature and biographies of the writers often comes under a new perspective in the second apartment. You get a feel for the person themselves; their tastes, their whims, their personalities. As a language s ...

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Hello from Alana

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Привет всем (Hello)! I’m Alana, Liden & Denz’s newest St Petersburg intern. I started my time in the school here at the beginning of August and I’m already loving my new busy Russian life. I’m a British citizen but have had the luck to move through a few different countries in recent years including the Canary Islands (Spain); Russia and most recently Germany. I’ve had an interest in Russia and the Russian language for a long time – it all began through a (somewhat) overwhelming obsession with Russian ballet. Growing up I loved ballet and danced up to 15 hours a week at some points, and all the stars to look up to were (you guessed it), Russian. I was drawn to both the language and the culture immediately and began to feverishly watch as many Russian ...

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Must-see places for Russian literature lovers in Moscow

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Moscow is the most important city in Russia, not only from the economic and financial point of view, but especially because it is a vast cultural centre, boasting a rich artistic and literary heritage. Moscow was house to many famous writers who made the history of the Russian literature: Mayakovski, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Dostoevsky, just to name a few. Walking around the city, you will notice that most monuments, squares or buildings are named after them.  These spots will be appealing to those who love literature and want to immerse in the atmosphere that contributed to the creation of their favourite Russian novels. Follow me in my quest to find literary footprints in this blog post! Pushkinskaya Square – Pushkinskaya ploschad It is essential to start from the square named after the f ...

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Vladimir Sorokin!

Picture of Vladimir Sorokin

Born August 7, 1955 in the Moscow region, Vladimir Sorokin is an internationally acclaimed Russian writer. When I for recommendations of contemporary Russian writers, he was the first one she mentioned. Biography and Background After graduating Gubkin Institute of Oil and Gas in 1977 with a degree in engineering, Sorokin was promptly dismissed from the journal where he was working, Смена Smena (Shift), for supposedly refusing to become a Komsomol (a member of the youth communist league). Rumour has it, though, that Sorkin actually was a member of the party. That is, before he tore up his membership card and threw the scraps into the toilet. During the 80s, Sorokin was an active member of Moscow’s underground literary scene. In 1985, six of his stories and a novel, Очередь Ochered’ (The Que ...

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The Russian Empire’s 6 most important Imperial residences

The Imperial Winter Palace

The Imperial Russian monarchy, far from residing in one singular dwelling, lived in a variety of locations in accordance with each Emperor’s or Empress’ tastes and preferences. The Tsars also commissioned for new palaces to be built for themselves, as well as using those of their predecessors. Here are 6 of the palaces that were the most popular amongst the Imperial family since the creation of the Russian Empire under Peter the Great: The Winter Palace Other than a brief interlude (1728-32), the Winter Palace was the official residence of the Russian Monarchy from the moment that Peter the Great moved the capital to St Petersburg. Comprising some 1,500 rooms, the palace was designed and built to reflect the might and power of Imperial Russia, and is a stunning example of the b ...

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