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Orlando Figes

Orlando Figes is an award-winning author and historian, who has held teaching posts at Birkbeck College, University of London and Trinity College, University of Cambridge. His entire life has been dedicated to the study of Russian history.
Figes was born in London in 1959 and studied History at the University of Cambridge. He is the bestselling author of nine books on Russian and European history, including Natasha’s Dance and A People’s Tragedy, and his books have been translated into over 30 languages. His new book, The Story of Russia is published by Bloomsbury.
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The Story of Russia: Orlando Figes
No country has been so divided over its past, or reinvented its story so often, as Russia. To understand what Putin’s regime means for the future we need to unravel Russia’s history. There can be few better guides than historian Orlando Figes, whose books have been translated into over 30 languages. In The Story of Russia – a book of 2022 in the Sunday Times, the FT and the Telegraph – he makes sense of the world’s largest nat...
Traces of the Past
How do a historian and a literary critic recreate the pasts of people they have never met, with little more than papers and a few objects to go on? Orlando Figes and Nancy K. Miller shared the challenges of building a picture of ordinary lives, with their Jewish Book Week audience, in a discussion of his new collection of letters home from the Gulag and her American family chronicle. Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag and What they Saved: Pieces of a Jewi...
The Europeans

Award-winning historian Orlando Figes presents an enthralling, panoramic cultural history of 19th century Europe through the prism of the intertwined lives of opera singer Pauline Viardot, novelist Ivan Turgenev, and connoisseur Louis Viardot – Pauline’s husband. Their friends numbered Flaubert, Chopin, Dickins, Rossini, George Sand, Liszt and Delacroix. They were the arbiters of a pan-European culture who forged a new cosmopolitan age.