Vasilevskaya 2 (1972–1979)

Address: 21 Vasilevskaya Street, Moscow

Photo: Emil Gataullin, Memorial Society Photo Archive

Photo: Emil Gataullin, Memorial Society Photo Archive

After the house on Khoroshevskoe Highway where Shalamov lived was demolished in 1972, he had to move again, this time to 2 Vasilevskaya Street. It was a typical five-story building, which had been built in 1958 during Khrushchev’s period. Shalamov lived there for ten years until he was forced to move into a nursing home.

Shalamov’s manuscript in the 1970s. Raskolnikov. Photo: shalamov.ru

Shalamov’s manuscript in the 1970s. Raskolnikov. Photo: shalamov.ru

This period of Shalamov’s life is associated with his deteriorating health.

In the mid-1970s, Shalamov nearly ceased writing prose, but he continued to work on his poems. On the day before his move into the nursing home, he finished his last lifetime collection of poems — "Tochka kipeniia" ("Boiling Point").

Sergei Solovyov