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Orlando Figes is the author of Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia and A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924, which received the Wolfson Prize, the NCR Book Award, the W. H. Smith Literary Award, the Longman/History Today Book Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He is a professor of history at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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Orlando Figes is the author of "Natasha' s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia" and "A People' s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891- 1924," which received the Wolfson Prize for History and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A frequent contributor to "The New York Times" and "The New York Review of Books," among other publications, Figes is a professor of history at Birbeck College, University of London.

Orlando Figes is the author of "Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia" and "A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924", which received the Wolfson Prize for History and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A frequent contributor to "The New York Times" and "The New York Review of Books", among other publications, Figes is a professor of history at Birbeck College, University of London.

Orlando Figes is the author of "Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia" and "A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924," which received the Wolfson Prize for History and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A frequent contributor to "The New York Times" and "The New York Review of Books," among other publications, Figes is a professor of history at Birbeck College, University of London.

"Figes's very welcome presentation of the rather neglected personal, human effects of the Stalin terror is particularly good in its coverage of the most articulate of the family victims--strata whose fate robbed the country of so much of its talent, intelligence and sensibility.--Robert Conquest, author of "The Great Terror: A Reassessment"

"Extraordinary... vividly reveals a people whose entire existence was defined by the taboo against private life as well as the resilience, and resistance, of the human soul in the face of forcible reorientation."--"The New Yorker"


"Extraordinary... Thanks to Figes, these survivors overcame their silence and have lifted their voices above a whisper."--Joshua Rubenstein, "The New York Times Book Review"
"Gripping... "The Whisperers" is one of the best literary monuments to the Soviet people... a fascinating encyclopedia of human relations during the Stalinist Terror."--Andrey Kurkov, "New Statesman"
"Brilliant and shocking... a powerful history of emotional life in a society in which the personal was ruthlessly repressed for three-quarters of a century."--Geraldine Bedell, "The Guardian" (UK)
"The everyday lives of Russians between the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and the death of Josef Stalin in 1953 is the subject of Orlando Figes' illuminating and profoundly moving new book. Filled with the stories of hundreds of survivors, many of which make for desperately painful reading, "The Whisperers "offers the most thorough account so far of what it meant to live under Soviet totalitarianism."--Douglas Smith, "The Seattle Times"""
"A tapestry of the Stalinist era woven from the personal experiences and words of Soviet citizens, both betrayers and betrayed... the research is extensive and subtle, Figes uses it to elucidate the texture of daily life and the ways humanity was perverted by a regime of terror."--"The Atlantic"
"Remarkable."--"The New York Sun"
'"Magisterial' may be an overworked adjective in book reviews, but it accurately describesOrlando Figes's latest volume. He deserves kudos for his penetrating narrative."--"The New Leader"
"This book, about the breakers and the broken, explains in brutal detail how a political ideal contrived to beat an entire country's heart out of place. The author of "A People's Tragedy" and "Natasha's Dance" has outdone himself."
--"Telegraph" (UK)
"Figes organizes his material superbly, and writes with such self-effacing lucidity that these people seem to speak directly to the reader. This is a very important book--authoritative, vivid, precise, and in places, almost unbearably moving."
--"Sunday Telegraph"
"Masterfully composed and controlled as a narrative by Figes, this is a collective testimony in which you can hear voices through a doorway open at last, recounting the hopes, fears and numberless awful tragedies of the Soviet era.... The Whisperers is like a rainbow over a graveyard."
--Alexander Cockburn, "The Sunday Times" (UK)
"This book is the result of a large-scale research project and its importance cannot be overestimated. Figes and his team have unearthed diaries and accounts from archives and interviewed hundreds of survivors. This is a heartrending book... which should be made compulsory reading in Russia today."
--Antony Beevor, "The Times" (UK)


"Extraordinary."--"The New Yorker"

"Rigorously compassionate . . . A humbling monument to the evil and endurance of Russia's Soviet past and, implicitly, a guide to its present."--"The Economist""A profound service . . . Figes redeems the gloom by demonstrating compassion for flawed human beings and revealing compelling examples of moral courage and kindness."--"The Christian Science Monitor""Lucid, thorough, and essential to understanding Stalinist society . . . an exemplary study in mentalits."--"Kirkus Reviews"


"Its importance cannot be overestimated. . . . This book should be made compulsory reading in Russia today."--"The Times" (London)
"Extraordinary . . . Victims do not always make good witnesses. But thanks to Figes, these survivors overcame their silence and have lifted their voices above a whisper."--"The New York Times Book Review
""A profound service . . . Figes redeems the gloom by demonstrating compassion for flawed human beings and revealing compelling examples of moral courage and kindness."--"The Christian Science Monitor
""An extraordinary work of synthesis and insight . . . an awfully good read . . . Figes is both a prodigious researcher and a gifted writer."--"St. Petersburg Times
""Lucid, thorough, and essential to understanding Stalinist society . . . an exemplary study in mentalits."--"Kirkus Reviews
""Extraordinary."--"The New Yorker"

"Its importance cannot be overestimated. . . . This book should be made compulsory reading in Russia today."--"The Times" (London)
"Extraordinary . . . Victims do not always make good witnesses. But thanks to Figes, these survivors overcame their silence and have lifted their voices above a whisper."--"The New York Times Book Review
""A profound service . . . Figes redeems the gloom by demonstrating compassion for flawed human beings and revealing compelling examples of moral courage and kindness."--"The Christian Science Monitor
""An extraordinary work of synthesis and insight . . . an awfully good read . . . Figes is both a prodigious researcher and a gifted writer."--"St. Petersburg Times
""Lucid, thorough, and essential to understanding Stalinist society . . . an exemplary study in mentalits."--"Kirkus Reviews
""Extraordinary."--"The New Yorker "


Its importance cannot be overestimated. . . . This book should be made compulsory reading in Russia today. "The Times (London)" Extraordinary . . . Victims do not always make good witnesses. But thanks to Figes, these survivors overcame their silence and have lifted their voices above a whisper. "The New York Times Book Review" A profound service . . . Figes redeems the gloom by demonstrating compassion for flawed human beings and revealing compelling examples of moral courage and kindness. "The Christian Science Monitor" An extraordinary work of synthesis and insight . . . an awfully good read . . . Figes is both a prodigious researcher and a gifted writer. "St. Petersburg Times" Lucid, thorough, and essential to understanding Stalinist society . . . an exemplary study in mentalits. "Kirkus Reviews" Extraordinary. "The New Yorker""


Its importance cannot be overestimated. . . . This book should be made compulsory reading in Russia today. The Times (London) Extraordinary . . . Victims do not always make good witnesses. But thanks to Figes, these survivors overcame their silence and have lifted their voices above a whisper. The New York Times Book Review A profound service . . . Figes redeems the gloom by demonstrating compassion for flawed human beings and revealing compelling examples of moral courage and kindness. The Christian Science Monitor An extraordinary work of synthesis and insight . . . an awfully good read . . . Figes is both a prodigious researcher and a gifted writer. St. Petersburg Times Lucid, thorough, and essential to understanding Stalinist society . . . an exemplary study in mentalits. Kirkus Reviews Extraordinary. The New Yorker"

"Its importance cannot be overestimated. . . . This book should be made compulsory reading in Russia today." --The Times (London)"Extraordinary . . . Victims do not always make good witnesses. But thanks to Figes, these survivors overcame their silence and have lifted their voices above a whisper." --The New York Times Book Review"A profound service . . . Figes redeems the gloom by demonstrating compassion for flawed human beings and revealing compelling examples of moral courage and kindness." --The Christian Science Monitor"An extraordinary work of synthesis and insight . . . an awfully good read . . . Figes is both a prodigious researcher and a gifted writer." --St. Petersburg Times"Lucid, thorough, and essential to understanding Stalinist society . . . an exemplary study in mentalits." --Kirkus Reviews"Extraordinary." --The New Yorker

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