Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia

Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia

by Orlando Figes
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Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia by Orlando Figes

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 another—of 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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312428037
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 11/25/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 784
Sales rank: 535,834
Product dimensions: 9.18(w) x 6.02(h) x 1.33(d)

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.

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The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Veronica-Uruguay More than 1 year ago
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.