On the small peninsula created by a bend of Griboyedov Canal, in 1865-1866 the canonical novel of Fedor Dostoevsky “Crime and Punishment” was written. At the same place in the peninsula, all the characters of the writing lived.
Here Dostoevsky lived from September 1861 until August 1863 and wrote The House of the Dead and Humiliated and Insulted.
Dostoevsky lived from August 1864 until January 1867 in this house. Here he wrote The Gambler and Crime and Punishment. It was here where he met and later proposed to Anna Snitkina-Dostoevska, who became his second wife.
Here lived “under the very roof of the tall five storey building”, in a flat “more resembling a closet than an apartment” the main character of the Crime and Punishment novel Rodion Raskolnikov.
Some believed that Sofia (Sonechka) Marmeladova, a characterin Crime and Punishment, lived in this house. On one side this building looks out on the embankment and the other, at an obtuse angle, on Kaznacheyskaya ulitsa. “Having reached her house, Sonya turned to the gate... Entering the courtyard she kept to the right, to the corner where the stairway to her flat was... She proceeded to the third floor, turned and rang the bell at apartment nine”.
The scene where Ekaterina Ivanovna Marmeladova’s goes insane takes place on this bridge.
The pedestrian bridge at the cross section of Malaya Podyacheskaya ulitsa and Lviny Pereulok has not changed since the times of Dostoevsky. It was built in 1826 after the designs of engineers Wilhelm von Traitteur and V. Khristianovich. The four figures of sitting lions were made of cast iron by the sculptor Pavel Sokolov.
In the course of the Crime and Punishment novel, Raskolnikov visited this house thrice in the novel Crime and Punishment. «He did not have a long way to go, he even knew the number of steps from the gate of her house: seven hundred and thirty sharp». Here, the principal character of the novel would kill the old pawnbroker woman and the happenstance witness of the crime – her numb and deaf sister.