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Twenty Six Days from the Life of Dostoyevsky

Twenty Six Days from the Life of Dostoyevsky (Russian: Двадцать шесть дней из жизни Достоевского, romanizedDvadtsat shest dney iz zhizni Dostoevskogo) is a 1981 Soviet drama film directed by Aleksandr Zarkhi. It was entered into the 31st Berlin International Film Festival where Anatoly Solonitsyn won the Silver Bear for Best Actor.[1]

Twenty Six Days from the Life of Dostoyevsky
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Directed byAleksandr Zarkhi
Written byPavel Finn
Vladimir Vajnshtok
StarringAnatoly Solonitsyn
Yevgeniya Simonova
CinematographyVladimir Klimov
Release date
  • 2 February 1981 (1981-02-02)
Running time
87 minutes
CountrySoviet Union


The film is set in October 1866. Dostoyevski is experiencing a hard and dark period in his life, including his wife's funeral, then his brother's, debts and an unsettled personal life. He signs a leonine contract with the publisher Stellovsky which dictates that in a short time he needs to provide the manuscript of his new novel.

On the advice of his friends, Fyodor uses services of a stenographer, one of the best course trainees of Olkhin.

For the little time that was given to him, the novel "The Gambler" was completed. A gentle, sincere feeling that arose between the writer and his assistant, grows into love. Anna, having overcome doubt, becomes his wife and loyal friend.



  1. ^ "Berlinale 1981: Prize Winners". Retrieved 29 August 2010.

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