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City-Pick St Petersburg

City-Pick St Petersburg

Author(s): Heather Reyes

Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Various



This series celebrates every aspect of Russia’s most legendary city – essential reading for travellers and lovers of wonderful writing about Russia.

Malcolm Bradbury guides us to the Hermitage
Anna Pavlova describes her school days
Vladimir Nabokov re-lives a Petersburg winter
Helen Dunmore plunges us into the worst of times
Serge Dovlatov shows some ‘different’ Petersburg film-making
Dmitry Shostakovich reveals a musical secret
Truman Capote takes Porgy and Bess to the Soviets
Nikolai Gogol walks us down Nevsky Prospekt
J. M. Coetzee reimagines Dostoyevsky
… over sixty writers on one of the world’s most beautiful and haunting cities.

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‘Although it was only founded in 1703, St Petersburg holds “more beauty, more suffering, more dreams and nightmares than are packed into cities far more ancient”, writes Reyes in the introduction to this evocative...

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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Entries close 6th November 2021