Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia

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: 9780141013510
Publisher: Viking Penguin
Publication date: 09/28/2008
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(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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marwanbadri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Whisperers describes the lives of ordinary Russians under the ruthless totalitarian regime of Stalin. Although the extensive details make the book a sad reading, they also show its importance in documenting this part of human history. It is well referenced, and based on true events lived by people from that era.