Vremya (magazine)

Vremya (Russian: Вре́мя) (English: Time) was a monthly magazine published by Fyodor Dostoyevsky under the editorship of his brother Mikhail Dostoyevsky, as Fyodor himself, due to his status as a former convict, was unable to be the official editor.[1]

First edition title page, 1861.
Official editorMikhail Dostoyevsky
First issueMarch 1861
Final issue1863
Based inSt. Petersburg

Publication history

The magazine began publication in March 1861. Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel The House of the Dead was first published in Vremya. The publication in monthly issues of The House of the Dead brought considerable financial success and popularity to the magazine.[1]

Three of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories, "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Black Cat", and "The Devil in the Belfry", saw their first Russian language publication in Vremya. In the same issue, Dostoevsky anonymously published an autobiographical story, "St. Petersburg Dreams in Verse and Prose," that mimicked some elements of Poe's style. In his preface to Poe's stories, however, Dostoevsky suggested that Poe's poetry lacked the idealistic purity and beauty he found in the poetry of German romantic E. T. A. Hoffmann.[2][3]

Several of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's other works were published in Vremya, including Humiliated and Insulted, A Nasty Story, and Winter Notes on Summer Impressions.[4]

The magazine was banned by the government in May 1863 because of an article by Nikolay Strakhov concerning Russian/Polish problems, including the recent January Uprising.[1][5]


  1. Joseph Frank, Introduction to The House of the Dead and Poor Folk, Barnes and Noble, 2004
  2. Thomas E. Berry (1980), "Dostoyevsky and Spiritualism", Dostoevsky Studies
  3. Chambers, Marlene (1961). "Some Notes on the Aesthetics of Dostoevsky". Comparative Literature. 13 (2): 114–122. JSTOR 1768573.
  4. Robert Belknap, Introduction to Demons, Penguin Classics, 2008
  5. Introduction to Letters of Fyodor Mikhailovitch Dostoevsky to his Family and Friends, Macmillan, NY, 1917.
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