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By Orlando Figes

The Whisperers

Private Life in Stalin's Russia

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Whisperers by Orlando Figes

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2008.

Book Description

Orlando Figes' The Whisperers is a groundbreaking account of daily life in the chaotic and paranoid atmosphere of Stalinist Russia. Exploring the inner life of a Russia where everyone was afraid to talk and society spoke in whispers, whether to protect friends and family - or to betray them - Orlando Figes tells the story of how Russians tried to endure life under Stalin's Terror. Where a junior worker might inform on their superior to get their job; a husband to get rid of a lover; a neighbour out of petty jealousy. Where living a double life became the norm and yet, somehow, a few defied the state. Those who shaped the political system became, very frequently, its victims. Those who were its victims were frequently quite blameless. Drawing on hundreds of family archives from across the whole spectrum of Russian society, The Whisperers recreates the sort of maze in which Russians found themselves, where an unwitting wrong turn could either destroy a family or, perversely, later save it: a society in which everyone spoke in whispers - whether to protect themselves, their families, neighbours or friends - or to inform on them. 'Wonderful ...an amazing panoramic view ...I 've rarely read anything like it' Claire Tomalin 'Awesome ...one of the most unforgettable books I have ever read. I defy anyone to read it without weeping at its human suffering, cruelty and courage' Simon Sebag Montefiore, Mail on Sunday 'This is a heart-rending book ...its importance cannot be overestimated ...This book should be made compulsory reading in Russia today' Antony Beevor, author Of Stalingrad 'A masterful account of lost and stolen lives' Sunday Times Orlando Figes is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of Peasant Russia, Civil War, A Peoples Tragedy, Natasha's Dance and The Whisperers. He lives in Cambridge and London. His books have been translated into over twenty languages.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141013510
ISBN-10: 0141013516
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 33mm)
Pages: 784
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Opening with a panorama of Russian society, from the cloistered world of the Tsar to the brutal life of the peasants, this book follows workers, soldiers, intellectuals and villagers as their world is consumed by revolution and then degenerates into violence and dictatorship.

Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991 by Orlando Figes Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991, Paperback (May 2014)

What caused the Russian Revolution? Did it succeed or fail? Do we still live with its consequences? This book deals with these questions.

Just Send Me Word by Orlando Figes Just Send Me Word, Paperback (January 2013)

Lev and Svetlana, kept apart for fourteen years by the Second World War and the Gulag, stayed true to each other and exchanged thousands of secret letters as Lev battled to survive in Stalin's camps. This book tells the story of two young Russians whose love survived Stalin's Gulag.

Crimea by Orlando Figes Crimea, Paperback (June 2011)

The Crimean War one of the fiercest battles in Russia's history, killing nearly a million men and completely redrawing the map of Europe. Bringing to life soldiers in snow-filled trenches, surgeons on the battlefield and the haunted, fanatical figure of Tsar Nicholas himself, this title tells the human story of a tragic war.

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Author Biography - Orlando Figes

Orlando Figes is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. His books include A People's Tragedy and Natasha's Dance.

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