Dostoevsky darkens the mood of metro commute
Published 22/06/2010 | 05:00
A NEW metro station named after the famously gloomy writer Fyodor Dostoevsky has opened in Moscow despite fears it could encourage suicides.
The station, called Dostoevskaya, is decorated with grey and black mosaics that depict violent scenes from the writer's novels.
One controversial mural re-enacts the moment when the main character in 'Crime and Punishment' murders an elderly pawnbroker and her sister with an axe.
Another shows a suicide-obsessed character in 'The Demons' holding a pistol to his temple.
If that was not enough to darken the mood, a giant mosaic of a depressed-looking Dostoevsky, who also wrote 'Notes from Underground', stares out at passengers.
"The deliberate dramatism will create a certain negative atmosphere and attract people with an unnatural psyche," Mikhail Vinogradov, a psychologist said.
He warned that people who wanted to throw themselves under a train could well choose the new station in future.
About 80 people are estimated to commit suicide on the Moscow metro every year.
The artist behind the murals, Ivan Nikolayev, was unrepentant.
"What did you want? Scenes of dancing? Dostoevsky does not have them."
He also denied the scenes were gloomy: "I think people who say it is do not fully understand the tragedy in Fyodor Dostoevsky's novels." (© Daily Telegraph, London)