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St Petersburg: three centuries of murderous desire

St Petersburg: three centuries of murderous desire

Miles, Jonathan, 1952- author

From Peter the Great to Putin, this is the unforgettable story of St Petersburg - one of the most magical, menacing and influential cities in the world. St Petersburg has always felt like an impossible metropolis, risen from the freezing mists and flooded marshland of the River Neva on the western edge of Russia. It was a new capital in an old country. Established in 1703 by the sheer will of its charismatic founder, the homicidal megalomaniac Peter the Great, its dazzling yet unhinged reputation was quickly fashioned by the sadistic dominion of its early rulers. Here, Jonathan Miles recreates the drama of 300 years in this absurd and brilliant city, bringing us up to the present day, when - once more - its fate hangs in the balance. This is an epic tale of murder, massacre and madness played out against squalor and splendour. It is an unforgettable portrait of a city and its people

Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Hutchinson, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Jonathan Miles
ISBN: 0091959462, 9780091959463
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 592 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm
Subject: Saint Petersburg (Russia) Politics and government.; Saint Petersburg (Russia) Intellectual life.; History.; Saint Petersburg (Russia) Kings and rulers.; Saint Petersburg (Russia) History.; Saint Petersburg (Russia) Civilization.