Fyodor Dostoyevsky Marker - Tallinn, Estonia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 59° 26.329 E 024° 45.066
35V E 372459 N 6591072
Quick Description: This marker is on a building at 10 Aia Street in Tallinn's Old Town.
Location: Estonia
Date Posted: 10/3/2012 2:39:15 PM
Waymark Code: WMFDRR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 9

Long Description:
A marble plaque on this home has an engraving in Estonian and Russian. The Estonian portion reads:

"SELLES MAJAS VIIBIS
1840 AASTATEL
VENE KIRJANIK
FJODOR DOSTOJEVSKI"

which translates as

"Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky lived here in 1840."

There is a bust of Dostoevsky in a nearby park...a gift from the city of Moscow to the city of Tallinn. See (visit link)

Wikipedia (visit link) informs us:

"Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky...was a Russian writer of novels, short stories and essays. Dostoyevsky's literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social and spiritual context of 19th-century Russia. Although Dostoyevsky began writing books in the mid-1850s, his most remembered work is from his last years, including Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov. He wrote eleven novels, three novellas, seventeen short novels and three essays, and is often acknowledged by critics as one of the greatest and most prominent psychologists in world literature.

Dostoyevsky was born and raised on the grounds of the Mariinsky hospital in Moscow, Russia. At an early age he was introduced to English, French, German and Russian literature, as well as to fairy tales and legends. His mother's sudden death devastated him and, around the same time, he left private school for a military academy. After his graduation he worked as an engineer and briefly enjoyed a liberal lifestyle. He soon began translating books to earn extra money. Around the mid-1840s he wrote his first novel, Poor Folk, through which he entered into the literary mainstream. In 1849 he was arrested for his involvement with the Petrashevsky Circle, a progressive discussion group. He and other members were condemned to death for their participation in this group, but the penalty proved to be a mock execution at the last moment, and Dostoyevsky's sentence was commuted to four years of imprisonment in Siberia. After his release, he was forced to serve as a soldier but was discharged from the military due to ill health and allowed to continue with his writing.

In the following years Dostoyevsky worked as a journalist. He published and edited several magazines of his own and later a serial, A Writer's Diary. Beginning with his travels to Europe he struggled with money issues because of his gambling addiction, resulting in the humiliation of begging for money. He suffered from epilepsy throughout his adult life. But through the sheer energy and volume of his work he eventually became one of the most widely read and renowned writers in Russia. His books have been translated into more than 170 languages and have sold around 15 million copies. Dostoyevsky left a lasting legacy that has influenced many other writers, ranging from James Joyce to Ernest Hemingway."
Group that erected the marker: unknown

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
10 Aia Street
Tallinn, Estonia


URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: Not listed

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