European Russia; children of 1812; Moscow! Moscow!; the peasant marriage; in search of the Russian soul; descendants of Genghiz Khan; Russia through the Soviet lens; Russia abroad.
Orlando Figes is the author of "A People's Tragedy", which won the NCR Book Award, the Wolfson History Prize, the Longman/History Today Book of the Year Award and the WH Smith Literary Award.
Orlando Figes is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. His last book, A PEOPLE'S TRAGEDY (Cape 1996), won the NCR Book Award, the Wolfson History Prize, the Longman/History Today Book of the Year Award and the WH Smith Literary Award. He lives in Cambridge.
"Scintillating. . .an exceptional history of Russian culture and a joy to read." --"San Francisco Chronicle" "Stunning and ambitious. . .Figes captures nothing less than Russians' complex and protean notions regarding their national identity." --"The Atlantic Monthly" "Staggering. . .A vivid, entertaining, and enlightening account of what it has meant to be culturally a Russian over the last three centuries." --"Los Angeles Times" "[A] masterly work." --"New York Review of Books" "A big, bold, interpretative cultural history." --"Foreign Affairs"