St petersburg madness murder and art on the banks of the neva by jonathan miles illustrated 592 pp pegasus books 2995 miles dishes up the a to z of st petersburgs history the brutal . 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 cemented by the sadistic dominion . St petersburg recreates the three hundred year drama of this paradoxical and brilliant place bringing us to the present day when its fate hangs in the balance once more played out against murder madness and squalor and splendor in equal measure it is an unforgettable portrait of a city and its people. St petersburg madness murder and art on the banks of the neva jonathan miles 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 madness murder and art on the banks of the neva by jonathan miles pegasus books 560 pages 2995 jonathan miles has written a novel like history of russias most european
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