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22 Oct 2018

Gospel in Dostoyevsky donated to Belarusian museum in Ivanovo District

Gospel in Dostoyevsky donated to Belarusian museum in Ivanovo District
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BREST, 22 October (BelTA) – The Gospel in Dostoyevsky facsimile three-volume edition with a unique typography has been donated to the Literature and Local Lore Museum in the village of Dostoyevo, Ivanovo District, BelTA has learned from the Ivanovo District Executive Committee.

This unique edition was delivered to Belarus by representatives of the Revival of Tobolsk Foundation with support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Belarus’ Honorary Consul General in Tyumen Vladimir Shuglya. Now one copy of the book is kept at the National Library and the other at the Dostoyevsky Secondary School in Dostoyevo.

The three-volume edition has 100 copies. The work on the project lasted seven years and resulted in a real work of art, a facsimile re-edition of the Gospel with the author’s margin notes transcribed and explained by leading Dostoyevsky scholars of our time. Each book costs $3,500.

The design of the book is also worth mentioning, as it is deeply symbolic. The books are enclosed into a linden frame made in a form of a casemate with prison gates and tiny windows. It makes a reference to the time when Dostoyevsky was a prisoner. All volumes are bound by a thread and fixed with a Christian cross. When Dostoyevsky served penal servitude in the Omsk Fortress, he went through numerous ordeals and read only the Gospel. He hallowed his own copy of the Gospel his entire life as his biggest halidom.

The Gospel in Dostoyevsky is also available in the electronic form.

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