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Takahiro UedaDiary of a Monk

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DostoevskyDostoevsky's works

Four recommended works of Dostoevsky! A selection of gems and masterpieces of interesting Russian literature!

あのトルストイと並ぶロシアの文豪、ドストエフスキー。

ドストエフスキーといえば『罪と罰』や『カラマーゾフの兄弟』など文学界では知らぬ者のない名作を残した圧倒的巨人です。彼は人間心理の深層をえぐり出し、重厚で混沌とした世界を私達の前に開いてみせます。そして彼の独特な語り口とあくの強い個性的な人物達が織りなす物語には何とも言えない黒魔術的な魅力があります。私もその黒魔術に魅せられた一人です。

この記事ではそんなドストエフスキーのおすすめ作品や参考書を紹介していきます。またどの翻訳がおすすめか、何から読み始めるべきかなどのお役立ち情報もお話ししていきます。

Rome and DostoevskyTravels in Rome" - Charms of the Theater City of Rome and Pilgrimage to Bernini

(42) What does Dostoevsky, who criticized Roman Catholicism, think of Rome, the temple of beauty and theater city?

We have updated our Rome travelogue 41 times so far.

As I reported in the introduction to this travelogue, I toured Rome with the question, "Although Dostoevsky hated Roman Catholicism, could he not be captivated by St. Peter's Basilica, its main temple, and Bernini's stage art in Rome?

For me, I did not forget Dostoevsky for a single moment during my stay in Rome. I was always with Dostoevsky during my stay in Europe.

So what did Dostoevsky actually think of Rome during his stay?

The truth is that we do not know as Dostoevsky left nothing behind. But even so, I have come to the conclusion that Dostoevsky would have liked but disliked Rome.

Travels in Rome" - Charms of the Theater City of Rome and Pilgrimage to Bernini

(27) Bernini's "The Laws of St. Teresa" - A masterpiece of Baroque art! The marvelous illusion of the Cornaro Chapel!

この記事ではベルニーニの最高傑作『聖女テレサの法悦』をご紹介します。

官能的とすらいえるほどの恍惚境が表現された衝撃的な彫刻です。

実際に現場で観てみた私も衝撃を受けました。この彫刻がバロックの最高傑作と言われるのがよくわかります。

I visited this church many times during my stay in Rome. No matter how many times I see it, I am always amazed. It is just shocking to see such a perfect manipulation of light at a time when there was no electricity and no lights. Bernini must have been a great artist.

Travels in Rome" - Charms of the Theater City of Rome and Pilgrimage to Bernini

(13) Special tour of the Vatican City, which is off-limits to all but authorized personnel! You will also get a rare behind-the-scenes look at St. Peter's Basilica!

バチカン市国といえば世界最小の国家として有名です。その中にはサン・ピエトロ大聖堂やバチカン美術館という言わずもがなの大建築がありますが、バチカン市国には国家としての機構も当然あります。銀行や郵便局、裁判所などなど様々な施設が領内に存在します。ただ、大聖堂や美術館以外のエリアは関係者以外は立ち入り禁止のため、それらを目にすることは一般観光客にはできません。

ですが、なんと!そこに私は入場できることになったのでした!

この記事ではそんな私の体験をお伝えします。普段見ることのできないバチカンの姿を皆さんにご紹介します。

Travels in Rome" - Charms of the Theater City of Rome and Pilgrimage to Bernini

(6) A panoramic view of the Foro Romano from Palatine Hill! The marble of St. Peter's Basilica came from here!

私はこの旅に出る前、古代ローマの栄枯盛衰の物語にそれこそどっぷりはまってしまい、様々な本を読むことになりました。

カエサル、キケロー、ブルータス、アウグストゥス、アントニウス、クレオパトラ、セネカ、カリギュラ、ネロ、トラヤヌス、ハドリアヌス、マルクス・アウレリウス・・・歴史に名を残す錚々たる人物達がここに生きていたのだ。なんと浪漫溢れることだろう!

やはりローマに来たらフォロ・ロマーノは必須だ。ローマに来たならここに来なければならない。

Even non-history buffs will be overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the amazing prosperity and collapse of 2000 years ago.

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

(28) Visit to a place associated with Dostoevsky in the spa resort of Bad Ems - Dostoevsky sends ardent love letters to his wife even 10 years after their marriage.

For me, Bart Ems is a symbolic place where I can feel Dostoevsky's love for his wife Anna.

Dostoevsky was passionately in love with his wife even after 10 years of marriage.

He continues to send ardent love letters from Ems to Mrs. Anna.

I would like to show everyone how delirious he is, which is hard to believe that he is a great writer who wrote that "Evil Spirit".

I feel that there is no better place to learn about Dostoevsky as a loving wife than here.

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

(23) Visit to Venice, the City of Arts: What did Dostoevsky think of this beautiful water city?

This article introduces Venice, which the Dostoevsky couple visited, and Bologna, where they stopped along the way.

Venice is the city of water that everyone longs to visit. Mr. and Mrs. Dostoevsky spent only a few days in Venice, but it seems that they had a pleasant time. I also walked around Venice, where they spent their time, and visited places associated with the city, thinking about their stay.

It was a marvelous city that produced beautiful photos wherever it was photographed.

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

(22) Dostoevsky's days in Florence - places associated with him and his favorite art!

夫妻はバーデン・バーデン・ジュネーブ・ヴヴェイでどん底を見た。そんな彼らに恐いものはもう何もない。這い上がるしかないのだ。

悲しみや苦しみを分かち合い、今や二人は強固な絆で結ばれた。彼らの復活はいよいよここから始まっていく。自分たちをミコーバー夫妻になぞらえたフィレンツェでの生活はこの旅の大きなポイントになったのではないでしょうか。

Ah, beautiful Florence! If I could, I would have stayed longer and longer too! Florence is indeed the city of flowers. I was in awe of the art in this city.

I would like to believe that for Mr. and Mrs. Dostoevsky, their stay in this city was an irreplaceable one.

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

(15) Dostoevsky is shocked by Holbein's "The Dead Christ in the Tomb" - a masterpiece that also had a great influence on "The Moron".

After five hellish weeks in Baden-Baden, Mr. and Mrs. Dostoevsky left for Geneva, Switzerland.

On their way to Basel, they will stay one night in a city called Basel to see a painting.

それがハンス・ホルバイン作『墓の中の死せるキリスト」という絵でした。

The painting strongly shocked Dostoevsky and would have a profound influence on his full-length work, "The Idiot.
This article introduces such Holbein paintings and Dostoevsky in the city of Basel.