Rebirth of Dom Tvorchestva
Envisioned as a place of temporary residence where Soviet writers could engage in their work, Dom Tvorchestva was a major landmark in Peredelkino. Back in the Soviet times, Dom Tvorchestva belonged to the Literary Fund of the USSR Writers' Union. The main building was built in 1955 and a decade later Dom Tvorchestva was expanded to include a new glass building with a cinema hall, a bar, and a library. In the 1990s, Dom Tvorchestva was abandoned, then the main building briefly served as a boarding house, while the other became a mediocre restaurant.
In August 2020, Dom Tvorchestva experienced a renaissance: the once-famous club with a cinema hall, library and reading room reopened thanks to the efforts of NPO Dom Tvorshestva Pisatelei Peredelkino. Now Dom Tvorchestva hosts literary events, concerts, lectures and readings. 2021 saw the launch of the year-round programme of residencies for writers and artists. The park is being reconstructed along with a 1930s dacha designed by Ernst May, a German architect and a pioneering figure in urban planning.
A village steeped in Russian literary heritage
Throughout its history, Peredelkino became home to Boris Pasternak, Isaac Babel, Boris Pilnyak, Alexander Fadeev, Valentin Kataev, Korney Chukovsky, Andrei Voznesensky, Bella Akhmadulina, Lilya Brik, Fazil Iskander, Yuri Mamleev, Bulat Okudzhava, Vasily Aksenov, and Arseniy Tarkovsky. Many prominent writers, poets, translators, playwrights, literary critics would come to stay at Dom Tvorchestva, including Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Anna Akhmatova, Viktor Shklovsky, Mikhail Bakhtin, Bob Dylan and Allen Ginzberg.
Peredelkino became the setting for Andrei Tarkovsky's Mirror, one of the director's most renowned and influential works.
It's hard to overestimate the impact this little village had on both Russian and world literature. Thousands of people still visit house-museums of Boris Pasternak, Korney Chukovsky, Bulat Okudzhava, and the museum-gallery of Yevgeny Yevtushenko.