Summer in Baden-Baden

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Leonid Tsypkin (Леонид Борисович Цыпкин) (1926—1982) was a Russian writer, best known for his book Summer in Baden-Baden. Wikipedia


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Pagination follows the New Directions paperback (176 pages, 2003).

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Anna Dostoyevsky kept a diary written in shorthand, which her husband could not read. Source

"Motivated by the dual wish to escape his creditors at home and to visit the casinos abroad, Dostoevsky traveled to Western Europe. There, he attempted to rekindle a love affair with Suslova, but she refused his marriage proposal. Dostoevsky was heartbroken, but soon met Anna Grigorevna Snitkina, a twenty-year-old stenographer. Shortly before marrying her in 1867, he dictated The Gambler to her. This period resulted in the writing of what are generally considered to be his greatest books. From 1873 to 1881 he published the Writer's Diary, a monthly journal full of short stories, sketches, and articles on current events. The journal was an enormous success." Wikipedia

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photograph pasted into diary
Can someone post it?

Mme Zimmermann
"zimmermann" is German for "carpenter," but this is an obvious name choice for a renter, as "zimmer" means "room" (as is "Zimmer frei" or "room for rent").

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Pushkin Museum
The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts (Russian: Музей изобразительных искусств им. А.С. Пушкина) is the largest museum of European art in Moscow. Wikipedia

Sistine Madonna
A famous Raphael that hangs in Dresden. The narrator is visiting the painting on exhibit at the Pushkin Museum because Dostoyevsky saw and admired it in Dresden. It was mentioned in Dostoevsky's The Devils, where Stephan Truphimovitch is unable to explain the profundity he sees in the painting. Tsypkin wrote this novel in the 1970s; the Sistine Madonna was held and exhibited in Moscow after WWII before being returned to Dresden. The apostle appears to have six fingers on one hand if you look quickly, but on closer examination he has the correct number, five (the "sixth finger" is actually part of his hand).

Christ in the Sepulchre by Holbein
"The Old Gallery in Basel still has the remarkable painting by Holbein of the battered body of Christ in the sepulchre which spurred the Russian novelist into one of his most tremendous passages in The Idiot." source

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Kislovodsk... kursaal
Kislovodsk is a spa town in Russia. Wikipedia A Kursaal is a public hall or room, for the use of visitors at watering places and health resorts.

Brühlsche Terrasse
Brühl's Terrace in Dresden, Germany, north of the recently rebuilt Neumarkt Square, is one of the favourite inner-city places of both locals and tourists for walking, people-watching, and having a coffee. Wikipedia

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Some kind of symbol? Did Dostoyevsky ever use this? For more, with spoilers, see The Triangle in Tsypkin

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Dostoyevksy married Maria Dmitrievna Isaeva, the wife of an acquaintance in Siberia, in1857, after her husband's death. She died in 1864, leaving Dostoyevsky to care for her son.

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Menshikov Tower and other sights
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Russian painter mentioned by the characters in The Brothers Karamazov. GB Cite Kramskoy drew a picture of Dostoyevsky in his coffin.

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extremely easy... to confuse the two trains
The trains arriving at the station and diverging seems to parallel the novel's narrative technique-- dual narratives-- thus far.

A verst is an obsolete Russian unit of length, equal to 3500 feet (1.0668 kilometres). Wikipedia

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eleven years later

The Possessed
also translated as The Devils or Demons, is an 1872 novel by Dostoevsky. An extremely political book, The Possessed is a testimonial of life in Imperial Russia in the late 19th century. As the revolutionary democrats begin to rise in Russia, different ideologies begin to collide. Dostoevsky casts a critical eye on both the left-wing idealists, exposing their ideas and ideological foundation as demonic, and the conservative establishment's ineptitude in dealing with those ideas and their social consequences. The book has four primary ideological characters: Verkhovensky, Shatov, Stavrogin and Kirilov. Through their philosophies, Dostoevsky describes the political chaos seen in 19th-Century Russia." Wikipedia

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Chopin waltz
Seems to be Waltz #7 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 64/2. Wikipedia Listen to it

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Baden-Baden is a town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is located on the western foothills of the Black Forest, on the banks of the Oos River, in the region of Karlsruhe. Wikipedia

"The Russians have a long-standing relationship with this spa town... In the mid 19th century the summer season would see as many as 5,000 Russian visitors here, joining a local population that at the time probably numbered no more itself. Several tsars were regulars, making the month-long trip from St Petersburg to visit a resort where they could take the therapeutic waters, visit the races, engage in a little political intrigue and gamble at the casino. They were joined here by assorted aristocrats, bankers, courtesans and about every top-ranking Russian author of the day – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Nikolai Gogol and Ivan Turgenev all visited Baden-Baden at one stage or other." CNN Traveller

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Return of the Prodigal Son
Anyone know who did this painting?

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white acacia

Herzen's Bell

Aleksandr Ivanovich Herzen (1812 - 1870) was a Russian pro-Western writer and thinker known as the "father of Russian socialism". He is held responsible for creating a political climate leading to the emancipation of the serfs in 1861. The Bell was a political publication he was involved with (founded?). Wikipedia