'Floating, lyrical, miraculous Petersburg ... Here's beauty built on bones, classical facades that cradled revolution, summers that lie in the cup of winter' Helen Dunmore, The Siege

Malcolm Bradbury guides us to the Hermitage

Anna Pavlova describes her school days

Vladimir Nabokov re-lives a Petersburg winter

Helen Dunmore plunges us into the worst of times

Serge Dovlatov shows some 'different' Petersburg film-making

Dmitry Shostakovich reveals a musical secret

Truman Capote takes Porgy and Bess to the Soviets

Nikolai Gogol walks us down Nevsky Prospekt

J.M.Coetzee reimagines Dostoyevsky

... over sixty writers on one of the world's most fascinating and haunting cities.

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'Paints a portrait worthy of a city that has inspired writers like few others' Lonely Planet Traveller

'Tired of the usual guides? Meet the alternative ... an anthology of extracts about St Petersburg from a diverse range of literary sources ... a guide to the soul of the city' Wanderlust

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