The best of our blog! The "Dostoevsky's Journey" trilogy - my full-length European travelogue!

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The best of our blog! The "Dostoevsky's Journey" trilogy - my full-length European travelogue!

As the title of this article suggests, this blog's iteration of the "Dostoevsky's Journey" trilogy is the topic of this blog.

The reason I decided to write this introductory article was because of the following comment from a visitor to our blog.

There were so many articles, I wasn't sure what to read."

This is exactly right. I agree. After all, it has been almost five years since I started this blog, and as of May 2024, the total number of articles has reached about 1,750.

Moreover, the articles introduced on this blog are of various genres. Moreover, the large number of articles introducing books makes it hard to believe that this is a monk's blog. It is no wonder that this is confusing to you.

But for me, this blog is already part of my life's work. My daily learning process is imbued in this blog. I just can't bring myself to delete former articles in order to streamline the site.

However, there are some articles that I would really like you to read. Of course, I put a lot of effort into each of the articles that I write, but the original articles are the ones that I am most attached to. This original article is my travelogue.

The first attempt at this is a travelogue of a round-the-world trip departing in 2019.

I embarked on a round-the-world trip to 13 countries over 80 days starting at the end of March 2019 with the theme "What is Religion?". The route was Tanzania, Turkey, Israel, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy and Vatican, Spain, USA, and Cuba. This experience is the origin of this blog. When I read it back now, I feel embarrassed at how poorly written it is, or at how young I was, but it shows me as I was at that time. I hope you can feel the difference between me and the person I am now (laugh).

And from here, after another three years, I embarked on a new journey, which will be my "Dostoevsky Journey".

I hope you will refer to the following article for my encounter with Dostoevsky, but rest assured that the Dostoevsky trip I am about to introduce is a travelogue that can be genuinely enjoyed without such previous information.

Now, it is time to get down to business. This will be the "Dostoevsky's Journey" trilogy.

Impressions of Summer as Chronicled in Autumn: A Journey to Paris and Georgia."

Dostoevsky and His Wife's Fateful Journey: Travels in Western Europe in Madness and Love.

The Beauty of the Theatre City of Rome: Dostoevsky and Bernini's Pilgrimage"

As I mentioned above, I embarked on a round-the-world trip in 2019.

And in 2022, I traveled to Europe, this time with the theme "Dostoevsky's Journey".

The first of these is "Impressions of the Summer as Written in Autumn: A Journey to Paris and Georgia".

Impressions of Summer as Written in Autumn: A Journey to Paris and Georgia"

For approximately one month from mid-August to mid-September 2022, I have been traveling around Europe, mainly in Georgia.

This trip visited France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Georgia, and Armenia.

The main focus of the trip was Georgia and Armenia, countries that are not very familiar to Japanese people, but the experience of experiencing a world that is completely different from Japan was very valuable.

Among them, we especially recommend the following articles. These articles can be enjoyed without prior knowledge, so please feel free to take a look at them.

Dostoevsky and His Wife's Fateful Journey: Travels in Western Europe in Madness and Love.

From early November to late December 2022, I traveled again to Europe.

Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and the Czech Republic.

I visited these countries because they are associated with Dostoevsky, the great Russian writer. Dostoevsky and his wife, Anna, spent four years touring these countries. The main purpose of this trip is for me to follow in his footsteps.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881)Wikipedia.

I have been studying for three and a half years, starting in the summer of 2019, on the topic of Shinran and Dostoevsky. And as the culmination of this study, I planned this trip.

And this travelogue is more than just a travelogue. This travelogue is a hybrid of a biography of Dostoevsky. In other words, by reading it, you will learn about Dostoevsky's personality and his tumultuous life.

Dostoevsky is famous for his profound novels such as "Crime and Punishment" and "The Brothers Karamazov. You probably have an image of Dostoevsky as a "difficult, gloomy, and heavy novelist. In this travelogue, however, we will introduce to you a completely different image of Dostoevsky.

Dostoevsky, a hopeless man who kept making his wife cry because of his gambling addiction.

Dostoevsky, a loving wife.

Dostoevsky with his children.

Dostoevsky overcame his gambling addiction by getting the best partner.

Dostoevsky, who is good at coffee and grinding it.

A variety of Dostoevsky will be presented in this travelogue.

I love, love, love the dramatic journey of Dostoevsky and his wife Anna.

In fact, the main focus of this travelogue is not so much on Dostoevsky as on his wife, Mrs. Anna. I will talk about that in the article above, so please refer to the first article above first.

I tried to write this travelogue so that even those who know nothing about Dostoevsky can enjoy it. I tried to write this travelogue in such a way that even those who know nothing about Dostoevsky will be surprised to learn that the famous Dostoevsky was such a man! I hope you will be surprised to know who the famous Dostoevsky was.

And the model for this travelogue was Madoka Hino'sThe Composer's Tale Series."It is.

In addition, the author, Ms. Madoka Hino, has interviewed the people who lived in the area and has incorporated their experiences into the work. This is truly a wonderful biography. I also love this series. Following in Madoka Hino's footsteps, I visited the places associated with Dostoevsky and wrote this travelogue while thinking about his footsteps.

Dostoevsky and His Wife's Fateful Journey: Travels in Western Europe in Madness and Love" is an article that I recommend to everyone in this blog.

Below is a recommended article that discusses the local situation and an episode about Dostoevsky.

If you are interested in reading these articles, we strongly recommend that you read them in order from the beginning. This travelogue is truly linked to the story of Mr. and Mrs. Dostoevsky. Their tumultuous lives are far more interesting than the average novel. We hope you will read it from the beginning.

The Beauty of the Theatre City of Rome: Dostoevsky and Bernini's Pilgrimage"

As I mentioned above, I traveled in Europe from early November to December under the title "Dostoevsky's Journey. And although I did not mention it in my travelogue, I did in fact visit Rome during my trip.

I am one of those who are completely fascinated by the charms of Rome. In this travelogue, I would like to share with you the charms of Rome and its wonderful art.

If the words "Dostoevsky and Rome" sound stilted, don't worry, it's not at all. This is a travelogue of my love for Rome, having fallen in love with its beauty. I hope you will feel free to read it.

Below are a few articles that we particularly recommend. Of course, you will enjoy this travelogue more if you read them in order, but we have created the articles so that you can enjoy the contents of single articles alone. Please feel free to take a look. We will talk about contents that go one step beyond mere sightseeing guide-like explanations in these articles. What? Rome is such an interesting place! I think you will be surprised.

Rome is incredibly profound. The more you know about it, the more interesting it becomes. It's very interesting. I am completely captivated by Rome. I hope you will enjoy the charm of Rome as much as I do.


Dostoevsky may be thought of as a difficult, heavy, and unapproachable writer.

Dostoevsky's image has become that way mainly becauseCrime and Punishment."andEvil Spirits.", ,The Brothers KaramazovI think it depends on the content of the work, such as "The first time I saw a work of art, I thought it would be a good idea to make a new work.

However, when you get to know his own personality and life, you will find more and more interesting things. As I told you in the above section "Dostoevsky, the Fateful Journey with His Wife - Travels in Western Europe in Madness and Love," that is exactly the kind of Dostoevsky that you will be surprised to learn about.

I personally find his life itself more dramatic and interesting than his novels. In particular, I find his travels in Europe with his wife, Anna, more dramatic and moving than any novel.

I traveled around Europe to relive their journey.

I then actually visited the site and wrote a travelogue, thinking about their journey.

There are probably many works and writings that document Dostoevsky's visits to places associated with his native Russia. However, there are very few works written specifically about the places in Europe that are associated with Dostoevsky. In this sense, we feel that we can be of some help to those who love Dostoevsky, even if only in a small way.

Dostoevsky is interesting! I have tried to write a travelogue that can be read without any elbow grease. We hope you enjoy it.

The above is the "Our Blog's Best Offer! Dostoevsky's Travels" trilogy - my full-length travelogue of Europe.

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