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Petersburg Perspectives

15th April 2003

AS ST PETERSBURG PREPARES
TO CELEBRATE ITS 300TH
ANNIVERSARY IN MAY 2003,
PETERSBURG PERSPECTIVES
COMBINES SUPERB NEWLY
COMMISSIONED PHOTOGRAPHY
WITH A UNIQUE COLLABORATION
BETWEEN RUSSIAN AND NON-
RUSSIAN WRITERS. TOGETHER
THEY REVEAL THE ESSENCE OF
ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST
CAPTIVATING CITIES.

Founded by Peter the Great in 1703, St Petersburg continues to captivate with its panoramic river views, extravagant palaces, mysterious courtyards and gilded cathedrals. With more than 250 newly commissioned full-colour illustrations, richly supplemented by informative and anecdotal captions, Petersburg Perspectives provides a superb pictorial record of the city today – from its most famous monuments to the everyday lives of its inhabitants.

But St Petersburg is also a city founded on contradiction: a Russian capital built by foreign architects; a monument to high culture constructed under barbaric conditions; a celebration of empire that gave birth to the Russian revolution. And the true nature of the city has always been revealed as much by the written word as by its most magnificent façade.

Petersburg Perspectives takes the reader beyond the purely visual, with eight highly entertaining and subjective contributions – six essays and two short stories – from leading Russian and western writers on the city. Together they tell the story of St Petersburg and its people, from two centuries of tsarist rule, through revolution, war and siege, up to the present day.

The contributing authors to Petersburg Perspectives include Alexander Kushner, St Petersburg’s most famous living poet, and the historian Orlando Figes, highly acclaimed author of A People’s Tragedy and Natasha’s Dance. Photography is by Yury Molodkovets, one of the principal photographers at the Hermitage Museum and a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines in Russia and abroad.

Petersburg Perspectives is published in April 2003 by FONTANKA, a new publishing venture committed to bringing Russia’s cultural and artistic heritage to a wide audience through joint British-Russian projects. For more information on Petersburg Perspectives and other Fontanka projects visit www.fontanka.co.uk or contact [removed].

HARDBACK 270 X 175MM; 320 PAGES; OVER 250 FULL-COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS;
UK £32, USA $49.95; APRIL 2003

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