I was looking up the famous suicide character Kirillov in Dostoevsky’s novel The Possessed (also translated as The Demons) and came up this gem in the UK Independent, a classic example of art not mixing very well with life apparently.
For a really good selection of photographs of the murals, including one of Kirillov shooting himself, go here. I love the quote from the artist who did the murals: “What did you want? Scenes of dancing? Dostoevsky doesn’t have them.”
The new station was decorated with black and white marble mosaics of scenes from Dostoevsky’s most famous novels, including Crime and Punishment, Demons, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov. But unsurprisingly for a writer famously preoccupied with death, the scenes include images of suicide and murder.
On one wall, Rodion Raskolnikov from Crime and Punishment brandishes an axe over the elderly pawnbroker Alyona Ivanovna and her sister, his murder victims in the novel. Near by, a character from Demons holds a pistol to his temple.
The pictures quickly caused a sensation. Bloggers and websites called the images that appeared on the internet in April “depressing” amid speculation that the images could attract suicides.