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The Nabokov Museum in St Petersburg

Detail of the wooden ceiling, library room, Nabokov museum

Vladimir Nabokov, the writer best known for the controversial novel Lolita, was born in a wealthy family in St Petersburg on 22 April 1899. He lived at 47 Bolshaya Morskaya Street until he was 18 when he and his family fled after the Communist Revolution. He considered it his only home and never bought another, […]

Stroganoff: The palace, the Count, the dish

Stroganoff Palace, St Petersburg

One of the first things I did in my trip to St Petersburg is to try the local Beef Stroganoff. And as my hotel was on the junction of the Moika Embankment and Nevsky Prospekt, I was a stone’s throw away from the Stroganoff Palace itself, pink and sassy, still as exuberant today as it […]

Two Crime and Punishment translations compared

Tolstoy's grave

I still remember the impact some books had on me in my youth and Crime and Punishment was one of them. Ever since I read it, I’ve wanted to travel to its locations in St Petersburg. Now that this day approaches at last, I bought it again to re-read it. It is because I remembered […]

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