Passage to Europe: Dostoevskii in the St. Petersburg Arcade

  title={Passage to Europe: Dostoevskii in the St. Petersburg Arcade},
  author={Katia Dianina},
  journal={Slavic Review},
  pages={237 - 257}
The St. Petersburg Passage—a shopping arcade and recreation complex, comprising restaurants, exhibitions, amateur theater, and the Literary Fund—was a remarkable center of public life in imperial Russia. Contemporary journalists wrote incessantly about the Passage, celebrating the various forms of popular entertainment that it offered. In his strange unfinished story “The Crocodile,” which also takes place in the Russian arcade, Fedor Dostoevskii parodies this trivial discourse of the daily… 
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