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Tallinn: Monument to Russian writer Sergei Dovlatov to be put up in Kanut Garden

BC, Riga, 13.09.2019.Print version

The monument to be erected in Tallinn by 2021 to commemorate Russian writer Sergei Dovlatov (1941-1990) on the 80th anniversary of his birth will stand in a park known as Kanut Garden, situated between the Old City and the port area, informed LETA/BNS. 

The chairman of the ad-hoc committee established for the implementation of the monument project, Vice Mayor Vadim Belobrovtsev, said that the committee considered Kanut Garden to be the most suitable location for several reasons. '

"First, a monument to one major figure of Russian literature -- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, who was also one of Dovlatov's favorite writers -- stands there already. In addition, the chosen location speaks to both the Estonian and Russian communities of Tallinn as well as to guests of our city. Dovlatov was a global citizen and Tallinn was one of the three most important cities in his life," Belobrovtsev said according to spokespeople for the city government.

The city's planning board and environment and utility services board are next to determine the exact location for the monument in order for it to constitute a harmonious whole with the historical park area, the nearby building of the Russian Cultural Center and the Fyodor Dostoyevsky monument already standing in the park. 

The city is about to announce an ideas competition for the monument's design early next spring. 

The council of Tallinn tasked the city government with the establishment of a monument to Dovlatov on Oct. 5, 2017.

Sergei Dovlatov, described as one of the most colorful representatives of contemporary Russian literature, lived in Tallinn from 1972-1975, working for the local Russian-language newspaper Sovetskaya Estoniya.

While Dovlatov was living in Estonia, the publication of his first book, "Five Corners," was banned by the KGB. Nevertheless, it was in Tallinn that Dovlatov emerged as a professional writer.

A street in New York was named after Dovlatov in 2014 and a monument commemorating the writer was unveiled in the Russian city of St. Petersburg in 2016. A literature event titled "Dovlatov Days" has been held in Tallinn for five times. As a civic initiative, two memorial plaques commemorating Dovlatov have been installed at the address 41 Vabriku Street, where the writer used to live in Tallinn.

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