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?
The first MGM Lion was Irish. The iconic MGM lion, which appears before every MGM film since the studio’s birth, has been a number of different lions since the early 20th century, but the very first MGM Lion was a Dubliner! Slats, born in the Dublin Zoo in 1919, was used on every black and white MGM film between 1924 and 1928. To this day, he is the only MGM lion not to roar, though reportedly he could growl on cue.




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