Vasilyevsky Island or Vaska, as they call it, sometimes resembles a college campus as it's packed with various schools. So the neighborhood is inhabited by students and professors which shapes its life. The area has lots of second hand bookstores where you can get a Brodsky for 30 roubles and for 200 you'll be a happy owner of the Nabokov or Kant complete works. With 1,000 roubles you will grab the two-volume 1987 myths and legends of the peoples of the world with the exact preface-article you need. These stores hide real treasure and remember – a true St Pete resident never buys new books in chain stores, intellectuals go vintage stuff with history.