November 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
They Might Be Giants were singing about Turkey, but the lyrics put me in mind of another place with a few name changes in its history: St. Petersburg –> Petrograd –> Leningrad. You can read more about the city’s history online.
Petrograd is also the name of a fabulous graphic novel that takes place in the city between the beginning and close of the First World War. This is a story about a reluctant British spy and his assignment to assassinate Grigori Rasputin, advisor, puppeteer, to the royal Romanov family.
Rasputin, as well as the Romanov family, is a source of many stories, conspiracy theories, and movies. Learn a bit more about him through this fabulous page on Biography.com.
Petrograd is a fabulous novel that takes a look at the mysterious death of Rasputin and assigns it its perpetrators–members of the royal family, British spies, and more–and puts it in context of the Russian Revolution and World War I. If you like historical fiction, read this. If you like graphic novels with meat, especially Russian meat, then read this. Now! You can get it from the Library. It’s located on the 3rd floor at PN 6727 G45. P48 2011.
Petrograd isn’t just one author’s fancy, but takes real historical information and mixes it into fiction. Learn more from Rasputin: the role of Britain’s secret service in his torture and murder @ HV6535 .R83 S353 2010