St Petersburg

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Only a madman, or an oriental despot, would ever have tried to build a city on the frozen wastes and marshes where St Petersburg arose. Peter the Great was not mad: he wanted to bring western culture to Russia. But he certainly had the character of an oriental despot, and the building of the city probably cost the lives of a hundred thousand men. In the 'Peter' chapter of RUSSKA, a Cossack character loses his life building the city. And the social and political world of St Petersburg, in all its glory, forms the backdrop to the action of the 'Catherine' chapter.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Two of the greatest novels of the last sixty years - The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, and A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole - have the following in common: both manuscripts were persistently rejected by publishers, and both books were published after the death of the author.




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