ST PETERSBURG
Shadows of the Past

CATRIONA KELLY
488pp 120+ ILLUS (SOME COLOUR) MAPS 2016 LIST PRICE: £18.99 (P) HC36

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In this beautifully illustrated and original book, Kelly shows how creative engagement with the past has always been fundamental to St Petersburg’s residents. Weaving together oral history, personal observation, literary and artistic texts, journalism and archival materials, she traces the, at times, paradoxical feelings of anxiety and pride that were inspired by living in the city, both when it was Leningrad and now. Ranging from rubbish dumps to promenades, from the city’s glamorous centre to its grimy outskirts, the book offers an always unexpected panorama of an extraordinary and elusive place.