Solomon Volkov and others Solomon Volkov and others map the city of multiple personalities. `Where were you born? St Petersburg. Where did you go to school? Petrograd. Where do you live now? Leningrad. Where would you like to live? St Petersburg'...So runs an old Russian joke. But why the city's sense of itself is so significant in much of its literature and art? This question is asked repeatedly in the work of the exiled, Nobel Prize-winning poet Joseph Brodsky.