St Petersburg 16

St Petersburg Episode 16 Gogol, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky

Get to know the city through novels which are set there

A look at 19th century St Petersburg thought the eyes of 3 authors: Gogol, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. Hear how a long-desired new overcoat caused the demise of the humble clerk Akaky Akakievich, then wander the streets of the city following an escaped body part in another Gogol story, the absurdist The Nose. Learn of St Petersburg’s glittering social life, described in War and Peace, and find out why the author preferred Moscow. And finally, experience the seamy side of the city in the company of Raskolnikov, the student-murderer ‘hero’ of Crime and Punishment. To round off the episode, a visit to the Dostoyevsky Museum in the heart of the Sennaya Ploshchad district, the setting for many works by Gogol and by Dostoyevsky himself.