Far Below Moscow, the Burden of Free Will

It’s fitting that Russia’s newest railway addition, an homage to Fyodor Dostoevsky, will be built 60 meters below the city where the writer was born, making it one of the deepest in Moscow. “[Dostoevsky] cannot restrain himself. Out it tumbles upon us, hot, scalding, mixed, marvellous, terrible, oppressive–the human soul,” wrote Virginia Woolf on the Russian romantic (The Common Reader). And what could be more alienating–not to mention thematically faithful to Dostoevskian paradigms–than a railway station deeper and darker than […]

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