Winter Notes on Summer Impressions
In June 1862, Dostoevsky left Petersburg on his first excursion to Western Europe. Ostensibly making the trip to consult Western specialists about his epilepsy, he also wished to see firsthand the source of the Western ideas he believed were corrupting Russia. Over the course of his journey he visited a number of major cities, including Berlin, Paris, London, Florence, Milan, and Vienna. His impressions on what he saw, "Winter Notes on Summer Impressions," were first published in the February 1863 issue of "Vremya" (Time), the periodical he edited.
Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) is the author of "The Brothers Karamazov," "Crime and Punishment," and "Notes from Underground," often described as a founding work of existentialism.