Christian Vilà was born in 1950 and lives in Paris. The Mysteries of Saint-Petersburg, his fourteenth novel, is a successful blend of shamanism and sorcery, of fiction and reality, and of history and fantasy.
A remarkable and intriguing novel, halfway between Fantasy and historical novel.
An old dying woman entrusts Efim Stoïkov, a young Siberian shaman, with the task of looking after a mysterious creature, which shows him the way to the Purple Land, the world of spirits. Surviving the first ordeals of his apprenticeship as a shaman, he emigrates to Saint-Petersburg.
Political conspiracies and sorcerers’ fights are common things in the brothels and palaces...