Joseph Brodsky Slept Here. The Great Poet’s Grumpy Neighbor Couldn’t

NS. PETERSBURG, Russia — Until he fled the Soviet Union in 1972, Russian poet Joseph Brodsky wrote St. Petersburg in a boring communal apartment, sharing a bathroom and kitchen with three families. Whatever “the vile aspects of this mode of existence” as Brodsky describes it, it has served the art of domestic life well, inspiring …