Orlando Figes is the author of A People's Tragedy, Natasha's Dance, and The Crimean War, among other books. His works have been translated into twenty-seven languages. 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 Wolfson History Prize, the W. H. Smith Literary Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He lives in London.
Where are you from?
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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