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Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia

Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia

by W. Bruce Lincoln

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A wonderfully written, informative portrait of St. Petersburg, focusing on the city's development in the 18th and 19th centuries as Russia's "window on the West." Highly recommended for travelers with an interest in the character and significance of the city and its monuments. (RUS128, $19.95)

Peter the Great, His Life and World

Peter the Great, His Life and World

by Robert Massie

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 914 PAGES

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Massie portrays the giant of history who transformed Russia from backwater tsardom into a major empire. (RUS48, $21.00)

Land of the Firebird, The Beauty of Old Russia

Land of the Firebird, The Beauty of Old Russia

by Suzanne Massie

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Massie traces both minuscule details and larger movements in pre-revolutionary Russian art, literature and daily life in this affectionate overview of 19th-century palaces, courts and culture. (RUS21, $35.00)

Eyewitness Guide St. Petersburg

Eyewitness Guide St. Petersburg

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

With excellent local maps and site plans, this outstanding visual guide introduces the culture, history and attractions of St. Petersburg. (RUS87, $25.00)

St. Petersburg Map

St. Petersburg Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2012
  • MAP

A detailed, laminated city plan. (RUS89, $9.95)

 
Eyewitness Top Ten St. Petersburg

Eyewitness Top Ten St. Petersburg


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. With handy pullout map. (RUS499, $14.00)

Literary St. Petersburg, A Guide to the City and Its Writers

Literary St. Petersburg, A Guide to the City and Its Writers


by Elaine Blaire

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 137 PAGES

Blaire shows St. Petersburg through the words, museums and haunts of 15 writers, including Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Nabokov. (RUS406, $16.95)

Lonely Planet Russian Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Russian Phrasebook


by James Jenkin | Inna Zaitseva

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A handy shirtpocket phrasebook for Russian basics focusing on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (RUS111, $8.99)

How Russia Shaped the Modern World: From Art to Anti-Semitism, Ballet to Bolshevism


by Steven G. Marks

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

This wide-ranging book focuses on Russian contributions to art, literature, politics and ideas of 19th- and 20th-century Europe and America. (RUS245, $32.95)

Lenin's Tomb

Lenin's Tomb


by David Remnick

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 588 PAGES

A gripping eyewitness tale of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Remnick, the Washington Post reporter on the scene, combines fine historical scholarship with great storytelling. (RUS07, $18.00)

Natasha's Dance, A Cultural History of Russia

Natasha's Dance, A Cultural History of Russia


by Orlando Figes

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 768 PAGES

In this lively cultural history, Figes looks at both the great works by Russian masters and longstanding folk traditions. The title is drawn from a scene of Tolstoy's War and Peace in which a European-educated countess performs a peasant dance. (RUS180, $24.00)

Pavlovsk, The Life of a Russian Palace

Pavlovsk, The Life of a Russian Palace


by Suzanne Massie

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 393 PAGES

A biography of the palace spanning from 18th-century Tsarist Russia to the present, covering its roles as a public park and Nazi military headquarters and restoration efforts. It's well-told by Massie, who also wrote Land of the Firebird (RUS21). (RUS154, $28.00)

Petersburg, Crucible of Cultural Revolution

Petersburg, Crucible of Cultural Revolution


by Katarina Clark

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A classic, if scholarly, study of cultural changes in Petersburg in the key years 1913-1931 and how they coincided with the rise of Stalinism. (RUS43, $31.00)

Russia of the Tsars

Russia of the Tsars


by Peter Waldron

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

Waldron recounts the exploits of Peter the Great, the Tsars and the splendor of their capital city, St. Petersburg, in this lively, well-illustrated and compact overview of the largest and most diverse empire of its day. (RUS462, $24.95)

St. Petersburg, A Cultural History

St. Petersburg, A Cultural History


by Solomon Volkov | Antonina Bouis

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 598 PAGES

This wonderfully written summary of art, music, theater and literature, written by a native historian and musician, includes profiles of the city's artists and writers over the last 300 years. (RUS72, $38.95)

The 900 Days, The Siege of Leningrad

The 900 Days, The Siege of Leningrad


by Harrison Salisbury

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 640 PAGES

Salisbury's detailed account of the three-year-long Nazi blockade of Leningrad (now St Petersburg). (RUS235, $27.00)

The Most Intentional City, St. Petersburg in the Reign of Catherine the Great

The Most Intentional City, St. Petersburg in the Reign of Catherine the Great


by George E. Munro

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 372 PAGES

Munro, professor of history and popular study leader, traces the transformation of St. Petersburg from the city as planned by Peter the Great to a thriving European metropolis. (RUS401, $39.99)

Vodka, A Global History

Vodka, A Global History


by Patricia Herlihy

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 128 PAGES

A professor of history at Brown, Herlihy tracks our fascination with this most versatile of spirits from its mysterious 14th-century Slavic origins to today's global dominance in this brief yet thoroughly entertaining, erudite and illustrated history. A volume in the lively Edible History Series. (RUS475, $17.00)

My Hermitage, How the Hermitage Survived Tsars, Wars, and Revolution to Become the Greatest Museum in the World

My Hermitage, How the Hermitage Survived Tsars, Wars, and Revolution to Become the Greatest Museum in the World


by Mikhail B. Piotrovsky

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 432 PAGES
  • COMING IN SEPTEMBER

Following a popular Russian documentary of the same name, the accessible essays that comprise My Hermitage explore the rich history of the landmark and its priceless, world-famous collection. Written by a longtime Hermitage Museum director. (RUS530, $50.00)

The Hermitage Collections

The Hermitage Collections


by Olegs Yakovlevichs Neverov

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • BOXED
  • 640 PAGES

This sumptous visual survey celebrates the museum, its history and collections. (RUS471, $95.00)

The Summer Palaces of the Romanovs

The Summer Palaces of the Romanovs


by Emman Ducamp

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 360 PAGES

Gloriously photographed by Marc Walter, this sumptuous book showcases the art, architecture, gardens, palaces and pavilions of the grand summer retreat of the Tsars. (RUS489, $100.00)

Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great


by Robert K. Massie

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 625 PAGES

Eager readers of Massie's Nicholas and Alexandria or the Pulitzer Prize-winning Peter the Great will not be disappointed by this latest, an old-fashioned tale of politics, power and 18th-century Europe, drawing effectively from the ambitious Catherine's own memoirs. (RUS470, $20.00)

Rasputin, The Saint Who Sinned

Rasputin, The Saint Who Sinned


by Brian Moynahan

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A juicy biography of the notorious Russian. (RUS198, $17.95)

Speak, Memory

Speak, Memory


by Vladimir Nabokov

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 316 PAGES

Nabokov's richly imagined memoir wonderfully evokes cultural life among the well-to-do in turn-of-the-century St. Petersburg. Nabokov called his childhood home, now a museum off St Isaac's Square, "the only house in the world." (RUS28, $16.00)

Stalin, The Court of the Red Tsar

Stalin, The Court of the Red Tsar


by Simon Sebag Montefiore

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 848 PAGES

An enthralling, comprehensive portrait of Joseph Stalin and his court, drawing on archival material and interviews with surviving figures. At 800 pages, there is ample room for personal and anecdotal information about Stalin. (RUS228, $21.00)

The Romanov Sisters, The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra

The Romanov Sisters, The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra


by Helen Rappaport

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 492 PAGES

Helen Rappaport delves into the personal correspondence of Tatiana, Olga, Maria and Anastasia, the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra. The sisters were not merely beautiful, writes Rappaport, but very intelligent and perceptive. (RUS544, $27.99)

A Traveller's Companion to St. Petersburg

A Traveller's Companion to St. Petersburg


by Laurence Kelly

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 285 PAGES

This illuminating selection of readings, enhanced by maps and engravings, covers the city from its founding to the fall of the Tsars. Includes chapters on early days, palaces and museums, politics, and iconic places throughout the city. (RUS214, $16.95)

City of Thieves

City of Thieves


by David Benioff

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

David Benioff (screenwriter for "The Kite Runner" and "Wolverine") turns his grandfather's stories of surviving the infamous Siege of Leningrad into a wise and touching coming of age novel that's hard to put down. Seventeen-year-old Lev and his charismatic buddy Koly are sent out by their German captors to bring back a dozen eggs, just the start of a gripping odyssey. (RUS380, $16.00)

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment


by Fyodor Dostoevsky | David McDuff

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 647 PAGES

Dostoevsky's thriller of murder and redemption is redolent of St. Petersburg's atmosphere. A cornerstone of Russian literature, and one of the greatest detective stories ever told. (RUS18, $16.00)

Enchantments

Enchantments


by Kathryn Harrison

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 329 PAGES

Harrison sets her enthralling novel in St. Petersburg in 1917 as the Romanov's topple, telling her tale from the point of view of Rasputin's daughters. (RUS478, $15.00)

Less Than One, Selected Essays

Less Than One, Selected Essays


by Joseph Brodsky

  • LITERATURE
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A collection of Brodsky's personal essays and literary criticism. Particularly insightful is "Guide to a Renamed City," a beautiful meditation on St. Petersburg (a.k.a Leningrad) and its multiple historical identities. (RUS382, $21.00)

Petersburg

Petersburg


by Andrei Bely

  • LITERATURE
  • 1979
  • PAPER
  • 356 PAGES

Bely conjures a whirlwind of impressions and impulses in this kinetic meditation on the nature of the city in this modernist masterpiece, written in Russian in 1939. It follows a young revolutionary ordered to assassinate his own father, by planting a time bomb in his study. This edition adds excellent commentary from translators Maguire and Malmstad. (RUS483, $24.00)

The Madonnas of Leningrad

The Madonnas of Leningrad


by Debra Dean

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 231 PAGES

Dean effortlessly interweaves two epochs of a woman's life -- Marina's wartime experiences as a young guide at the Hermitage during the Siege of Leningrad and her life as an 82-year-old Seattle resident struggling with Alzheimer's. A remarkable debut novel. (RUS360, $14.99)

The Master of Petersburg

The Master of Petersburg


by J.M. Coetzee

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 250 PAGES

Dostoyevski becomes a literary character in Coetzee's novel of 19th-century Russia, where he is ensnared in a mystery that illuminates the underworld of pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg. (RUS200, $16.00)

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