Dostoevsky & Britain


A referential  source focused on the Great Russian Novelist’s Relationship to, and Reception in Britain

This is an online journey of a unique literary influence, from Dostoevsky’s visit to London to his impact on British culture and the Arts.

To Mark the 150th Anniversary of the Novel Crime and Punishment


The Inaugural Dostoevsky Day UK is dedicated to UCL-SSEES colleagues and dear friends: Professor Emeritus Isabel de Madariaga and the Poet Cameron Bain /

Photo of Fyodor Mikhailovich, courtesy  The F.M.Dostoevsky Literary-Memorial Museum /

Logo & Poster Designed by Zuzana Pinčíková


The opening event will take place on 11th November 2016 (on Dostoevsky’s birthday) at the UCL Bloomsbury Studio. It will start at 10 am, free-admission. The morning programme of the DDUK consists of a screening of the documentary Fyodor Dostoevsky (2006 Video), from the series Great Russian Writers, by Kultur International Films. This screening will be followed by the premiere of a theatrical monologue Raskolnikov, which was especially created for our event, by the English actor Jonathan Curry.

Raskolnikov, a monologue written and performed by Jonathan Curry

The afternoon event will take place at UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) from 3.00- 5.00 pm, in the Masaryk SCR. Please, join us for a presentation about materials relating to Dostoevsky in UK libraries, focusing on Crime and Punishment by members of COSEELIS (Council for Slavonic and East European Library and Information Services). The session will include presentations prepared by Mel Bach (Cambridge University Library): “Hands Up! : A Crime and Punishment Exhibition in Cambridge” and Katya Rogatchevskaia (British Library): “Dostoevsky at the British Library”, while
Wojciech Janik (UCL SSEES Library)  will present a library guide focusing on Crime and Punishment.


As part of this session, we are also planning a photographic exhibition inspired  by St. Petersburg, the “big” setting of the novel Crime & Punishment. Its details, smaller spaces are captured in these wonderful images presented under the title:

San Petersburgo con variaciones


Maria Tolstaia


To complement the inaugural Dostoevsky Day UK

On 17th November at 7.00 pm  at  Rossotrudnichestvo (Russian Cultural Center in London) The theatrical director Dmitry Turchaninov and his drama group will present fragments from Netochka Nezvanova, White Nights, Poor Folk in a form of an open class of acting   with immersion into a psychological subtleties of the material, entitled

Evening FM 

(in Russian language, based on early works by Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

(in Russian language, based on early works by Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

In December, Barbican Cinema has created a special programme, a film retrospective:

Dostoevsky in Film

with the following screenings:

Sat 3 Dec 2.00 pm Crime & Punishment (15) USSR 1970 Dir. Lev Kulidzhanov 200 min.
Sun 11 Dec 4.00 pm The Gambler (PG) USSR 1973 Dir. Alexei Batalov 99 min.
Sun 18 Dec 2.00 pm The Brothers Karamazov (15) USSR 1968 Dir. Ivan Pyrev 220 min.

With special thanks to my colleagues at UCL SSEES & Library Services

My eternal gratitude to Natalia Ashimbaeva, Vera Biron, Anastasia Knyazeva, Marina Leonova,Anna Shulgat, Michael Beckelhimer, María Tolstaya, Anton Volkov,Dostoevsky Museum / Музей Достоевского, Российская национальная библиотека – National Library of Russia, Pushkin Housethe North American Dostoevsky Society and the International Dostoevsky Society

I am grateful to my  Likhachev co-fellows: Nadine Meisser,  Miriam Bader, Nancy Jo Snider, 함영준, Elisa Baglioni,  Katya Galitzine, Vladimir von Tsurikov & Nick Winter

Vlad the Curator