Dostoevsky’s Italy



The theme “Dostoevsky and Italy” is extensive and diverse due to the fact that a number of researchers constantly turn to it, opening new pages in the life of the great writer. It includes the following areas of research: Dostoevsky's journey through Italy, the images of Italy in the pages of Dostoevsky's works, the reception of the writer's creativity in journalism, cinema and art, the problems of translating Dostoevsky's works into Italian. A special appeal to this topic shows that these four areas of research are connected in the works of Dostoevsky with such Italian cities as Rome, Florence and Naples. This determines the problematic of this article. The author assumes that there is a special integrity in all the disparate impressions and plots of Dostoevsky connected with Rome, Naples, and Florence. Dostoevsky's great novels are born in Rome against the backdrop of the great creations of Italian architecture. Naples is a city of dreams, a city where “noise, thunder, life” is intertwined with Dostoevsky’s fatal love, with truly Italian passions that defined the love story of the writer and Apollinaria Suslova. Florence is a city of quiet family happiness and comfort, which the writer needed so much during his creative dawn.

General Information

Keywords: Italy, F.M. Dostoevsky, Italian cities, architecture, culture

Journal rubric: World Literature. Textology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Burlakova I.I. Dostoevsky’s Italy [Elektronnyi resurs]. Âzyk i tekst = Language and Text, 2019. Vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 10–16. DOI: 10.17759/langt.2019060202. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Irina I. Burlakova, Doctor of Education, head of the Department of linguodidactics and intercultural communication, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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