Orlando Figes

Orlando Figes is the author of eight books on Russia that have been translated into twenty-seven languages; they include The Whisperers, A People’s Tragedy, Natasha’s Dance, and Just Send Me Word. A professor of history at Birkbeck, University of London and a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, Figes is the recipient of the Wolfon History Prize, the W. H. Smith Literary Award, the NCR Book Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among others.


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Q & A

Where are you from?
London

Who are your favorite writers?
Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Orwell, Roth,

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Music, Italy, Wine, Soccer

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
Not to compare yourself to others.

What is your favorite quote?
I sent the club a wire stating, PLEASE ACCEPT MY RESIGNATION. I DON'T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT ME AS A MEMBER. (Groucho Marx)

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
Would I ever write a novel? No.

What inspired you to write your first book?
Needing an academic job.

Where do you write?
At home in my office in Cambridge or in my London flat.

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Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991

Orlando Figes
Metropolitan Books

From the author of A People’s Tragedy, an original reading of the Russian Revolution, examining it not as a single event but as a hundred-year cycle of...


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Just Send Me Word

Orlando Figes
Picador

“A book to astonish readers:  never before has Stalin’s Gulag been the setting for a love affair.  This powerful narrative by a distinguished historian will...


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The Crimean War

Orlando Figes
Picador

From "the great storyteller of modern Russian historians" (Financial Times) comes the definitive account of the forgotten war that shaped the modern age. The...


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The Whisperers

Orlando Figes
Picador

A New York Times Notable Book of 2007 "A tremendous achievement."--The Sunday Times (London) The Whisperers is a triumphant act of recovery. In this...


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Natasha's Dance

Orlando Figes
Picador

Beginning in the eighteenth century with the building of St. Petersburg and culminating with the Soviet regime, Figes examines how writers, artists, and...


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