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This review is from: The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia (Paperback)
Orlando Figes writes brilliantly about Russia. I don't know I have a soft spot for Russia, but I do (even reading through some really hard going Russian classics), and Figes brings Russian history to life. Impeccably researched, his books are full not only of the events of Russian history or of the main figures, but of the average, normal Russian. And it is this that makes his books so readable. They are full of letters, writings etc. from ordinary people who lived through the events (in this case the reign of Stalin) and how those events impacted them. I couldn't even imagine living through the time of Stalin, but the way Figes brings the lives of real people to 'life' through their own letters paints a vivid picture of Stalin's Russia.