For many years, Dickinson-in-Moscow students have had
the opportunity to visit the home of renowned poet Boris Pasternak. On this
trip, students not only learn about Pasternak’s life, but also get a glimpse of
the atmosphere in which Pasternak wrote his greatest masterpieces.
"Today we went to Peredelkino, a little
place about a 20 minute commuter train ride away from Moscow. Boris
Pasternak lived in Peredelkino from 1939
until his death in 1960 and his house is now a museum. The museum wasn't really
like a museum at all; it's just his house. The museum people kept everything
like it was when Pasternak lived there. It was like Pasternak had just stepped
out and would return any moment to find a group of Americans looking at the
pictures on his walls. The woman who works there and gave us a tour of the
house was so obviously in love with her work and Pasternak; when she talked
about him, you could tell how important he was to her. It made me want to know
everything she knew and feel how she felt about Pasternak. My Russian has also
improved a lot and I understood most of what our guide told us, making it that
After our guide explained a little about Pasternak's
growing up years and education, she showed us the room where his piano is. I
was longingly looking at the piano as the guide started talking about the room,
and Kelly mentioned to her that I play the piano. To my extreme surprise and
shock and disbelief and so on and so forth, our guide said: "Well, you can
play something if you want!"
I played Pasternak's piano.
After warning everyone that it probably wouldn't sound
good because I haven't played in months, I started to play Chopin's Waltz #7 in
C Sharp Minor. I could only get a few measures out before I forgot how the
waltz went, but it was one of the coolest things I've ever done," Kara Elder'11.