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SAINT PETERSBURG
The History of Revolution in Petersburg through its Authors with Molly
Take a deep look at Russian literature through the streets of inspiration city, having a perspective of an American living in Russia
Meet your activity leader: Molly
My name is Molly Jane, and I'm a Russian Studies Master's student in St. Petersburg, Russia. I'm originally from Los Angeles, California, but I received my undergraduate degree in Russian Literature, and so couldn't wait to move to St. Petersburg as soon as possible after graduation. I've been in Petersburg for about two years now, studying and doing freelance translation work on the side. During any of my tours, feel free to talk to me about Russian literature or my favorite research subject, the Russian detective novel. Like most people write in their bios, I love to travel (who doesn't), and I just spent the last 3 ½ months living in Kazakhstan and working at the World Fair. I'm sure we will not lack for things to talk about!
What to expect
St. Petersburg is home to some of the greatest writers and poets in Russian history, all of whom had their own relationship to the either the Tsarist government, Russian revolution, Soviet power, or modern Russian society. This tour will not only show you the sites of where authors such as Pushkin and Nabokov lived and wrote, but it will explain their writings and personal history in the greater context of Russian history. This tour will show you how Russian poets like Mayakovsky and Esenin eagerly participated in building Soviet society, only to take their own lives as a result of what they had helped build, as well as lead you into places like the hidden garden courtyard of the Anna Akhmatova museum, dedicated to the female poet who watched her husbands and son die under Soviet oppression.
Meeting point
The exact address is:

Pushkin Museum, embankment of river Moika, 12
€70 per group
Takes 3 hours
Age group: any
English
What will you visit
The tour will take you past the more obvious historical sites, like the Pushkin Museum located in one of his old apartments, or the Dostoevsky Museum where the writer also lived for about a decade, but also more little-known landmarks like Mayakovsky's graffiti portrait and a reproduction of Gogol's "nose" discretely situated on a public wall.
What is included
Entrance to one museum of your choice is included if you choose. The tour takes you by several museums, and if you have a desire to go inside, that can either be organized beforehand or can be a spur of the moment decision.
Requirements
If you want to prepare by reading some of the great Petersburg literature either written in, or written about, the city, below is a list of my personal favorites:

Less Than One by Joseph Brodsky

Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoevsky

The Idiot by Feodor Dostoevsky

Goodbye, my friend, goodbye by Sergei Esenin

Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov

Evgenii Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
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