Literary and Memorial Museum of Ivan Shmelev

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City: Alushta
Type: Museum
Address: The republic of Crimea, Alushta, Naberezhnaya str., 2
Coordinates: 44.658262 34.405269
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The republic of Crimea, Alushta, Naberezhnaya str., 2
Phone number:  0(36560)3-05-70
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Ivan Shmelev lived in Alushta from 1918 to 1924.  He had previously visited these places at the invitation of his friends from the Professor's Corner.  The nature of the Crimea, its endless mountain ranges, clean air and unique vegetation amazed the writer, which he reported to readers in his works.  The dream of moving to Crimea forever sat tightly in Shmelev's mind.  He shared it with his son in his letters.  Everything turned out well, and in 1917 Ivan Sergeevich became a full-fledged owner of a land plot in Alushta, where it was decided to build a house and create, create ...

In Alushta, occupied at that time by the Germans, Shmelev had to endure the tragic years.  He lived in his small adobe house of two rooms, sometimes he stayed with fellow writers.  Events in Russia completely broke it, and, returning in 1922, he looked so bad that even close friends did not recognize in the gloomy old man a recently cheerful and happy man.  Ivan Shmelev was forced to immigrate to France to return to literary work, without fear of persecution and strife.  His work "The Sun of the Dead" was written already abroad.  It described the terrible famine of 1921 in the Crimea.  The novel became a world sensation.  Prototypes of the heroes were ordinary Alushta residents.  The book was translated into several languages ​​and was very popular abroad, and it was banned in the Soviet Union.  The museum of the original Russian writer Ivan Shmelev is located in the Professor's Corner of Alushta.  The writer's house is located in a park zone on a hill with a breathtaking view of the sea and surrounding landscapes.  The writer's house is an exclusively historical value, not being a monument of architecture in the broad sense of this concept.  This landmark will be interesting first of all to the admirers of I. Shmelev's creativity, to literary critics, and also to those who are interested in the history of Alushta. 

The most part of the exhibition complex is occupied with household items, letters, books, photographs illustrating the Crimean period of the writer's life.  The Shmelev House in Alushta is the only museum dedicated to the life and work of this writer.  Since 1907 I. Shmelev was often in the Crimea: he came to Alushta to his editor Tikhomirov.  He often visited architect Beketov and writer Sergeyev-Tsensky, whose houses are located in the neighborhood.  After the first visit to this region, Shmelev was inspired by him and wrote two stories - "Grapes" and "Under the Mountains."  The writer dreamed of settling in the Crimea.  From 1918 to 1922 he lived in Alushta and, as it happened, this period became the most terrible and tragic in his life.  He described it in the novel "The Sun of the Dead", published in emigration.  The novel is mostly performed in Alushta.  A separate exposition of the museum is devoted to the history of the creation of this work.

Contacts

The republic of Crimea, Alushta, Naberezhnaya str., 2
Phone number:  0(36560)3-05-70
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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