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 powerful work of history, Orlando Figes chronicles the private history of family life during the violent and repressive reign of Josef Stalin. Drawing on a vast collection of interviews and archives, The Whisperers re-creates the anguish of family members turned against one anotherof the paranoia, alienation, and treachery that poisoned private life in Russia for generations. A panoramic portrait of a society in which everyone spoke in whispers, The Whisperers is "rigorously compassionate. . . . A humbling monument to the evil and endurance of Russia's Soviet past and, implicitly, a guide to its present" (The Economist).
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About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations viii
Note on Proper Names xiii
Family Trees xxi
Children of 1917 (1917-28) 1
The Great Break (1928-32) 76
The Pursuit of Happiness (1932-6) 148
The Great Fear (1937-8) 227
Remnants of Terror (1938-41) 316
'Wait For Me' (1941-5) 379
Ordinary Stalinists (1945-53) 455
Return (1953-6) 535
Memory (1956-2006) 597
Afterword and Acknowledgements 657
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this book out of curiosity: there are few testimonies about the daily lives of ordinary people in the USSR during Stalinism. I found that and much more in this remarkable work. I couldn't simply let it aside! People is portrayed, their houses described in detail and the very atmosphere of Stalin´s USSR comes to life under your eyes... It´s obvious that such a book is the result of a thorough investigation, but it is not written in the usual aseptic essay tone. There re so many stories and information there, that I guess it deserves a second reading.