St Petersburg 15

St Petersburg Episode 15 Pushkin

Poetry, debauchery and where to find Pushkin today

The Father of Russian Literature, Alexander Pushkin, grew up in St Petersburg and, while leading a colourful life of semi-debauchery, wrote many of his best-loved works about the city. This episode looks first at the man himself, from his schooldays at the elite Lycée opened by Alexander I to his dramatic demise in a duel at the age of only 37. Then we look briefly at two of his best known poems, both of which focus closely on St Petersburg and at his short story ‘The Shot’, a tale of pride, revenge and pistols which eerily previews his own death a few years later. Finally, we outline four places in the city today where you can go in search of Pushkin.