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June 25, 2010

Gloomy images at Dostoyevskaya to cause more suicides?

25 June 2010

Feodor Dostoyevsky was a 19th century author notable for his novel Crime and Punishment. He is also often thought of as a great psychologist in literature. However, he was also famous for being depressed a lot of the time, and for his crippling gambling habit.

In this article, there are questions about naming a train station after him - the concern is that more people will be influenced by the negative atmosphere of the station, particularly with its "mosaics representing violent scenes" from some of his novels.

They are afraid that more people would be inspired to commit suicide, especially if they already have "unnatural psyches".

I haven't seen any of these images, except for this one, which certainly does seem a little overbearing and gloomy...

But surely they should have thought about this BEFORE they decorated it? :) I don't know, seems a little too retrospective.

Has anyone seen any of these pics?