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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. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. This book should be made compulsory reading in Russia today. Victims do not always make good witnesses. But thanks to Figes, these survivors overcame their silence and have lifted their voices above a whisper.

Figes redeems the gloom by demonstrating compassion for flawed human beings and revealing compelling examples of moral courage and kindness. Figes is both a prodigious researcher and a gifted writer. Petersburg Times. He is a professor of history at Birkbeck College, University of London. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Customers who viewed this item also viewed these digital items. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Orlando Figes. The Crimean War: A History. Revolutionary Russia, A History. Gulag: A History. Audible Audiobook. What digital items do customers buy after viewing this item? Vasily Grossman. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Since then, Ms.

Given her affiliation to RT, It would be tempting to dismiss Ms. Khan as a Kremlin stooge trying her best to stoke up the tensions between the radical and the moderate left among other things, she said she was going to vote for the GOP in the midterms to hasten the destruction of the Democratic party , but there are countless other well-intentioned Western leftists who sincerely believe that Stalin was a misunderstood genius and Gulag settlements were some Communist equivalent of Boy Scout camps.

The fates of some families and individuals are given a particularly thorough examination; some of the most fascinating portions of the book are concerned with the life of Konstantin Simonov, a prominent Soviet writer, ardent Stalinist and war hero who at the end of his life started to regret his admiration of Stalin and his own role in the purges. The book will similarly disabuse any sentient person of the notion that the USSR was a model state in any sense of the word.

While presenting itself through elaborate propaganda as the communist utopia that inspired both foreign sympathizers and its own citizens, it was being devastated by one crisis after another.

Yes, some people informed on the neighbors hoping to occupy their share of the communal apartment. But some informers recruited by secret police informed their friends and colleagues that they have been compromised and cannot be trusted with secrets anymore.

Some children denounced their parents as enemies of the state because they sincerely believed that. Others were asked to do so by their parents arrested on political charges, because they feared their children might share the same fate. Whisperers portrays its heroes not as mindless socialist drones resigned to their fates, but as ordinary human beings caught in the cog of a great and terrible machine.

Its message is not very original, but there is a lot of nuance, compassion and understanding in the way it is conveyed. Now, on to the caveats. Secondly, its author is a bit of a controversial figure. Several years ago it was revealed that Mr. Figes and his wife posted several scathing anonymous reviews disparaging the works of his opponents, which did not exactly endear him to academic circles.

Another controversy surrounds the cancelled Russian edition of Whisperers. Moreover, Memorial does currently list Whisperers as one of the recommended books on its website, so make of this what you will. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. This book contained an amazing amount of detail, which I loved. I gave it 4 stars because I really hate the way the book was set up.

I almost stopped reading it several times because the layout is frustrating. A portion of a story would be told, and the author would abruptly stop the story, and begin a new story, or continue a previously stopped story.

The story would be picked up in pages in the same abrupt way. The reader couldn't possibly keep these partial stories straight. I had to go back to the index and find what pages the people were mentioned on, so I could read the full story at one time.

For example, the story of the Piatnitskaia family started on pp , picked up again on pp , and again on pp , and again on pp I'm not overly familiar with Russian names, so I couldn't possibly keep all the stories straight when they were told piecemeal. If the information wasn't wonderful, I would have quit reading the book very early on.

Orlando Figes' book "the Whisperers" is one of the most powerful books I have read in a very long time. The underlying premise of the book is that all the written and printed, primary source material from the Stalin era is so unreliable that the only way and best way of understanding it is by interviewing people who experienced it. By interviewing people there is also an opportunity to address inaccuracies and omissions and also to probe further. So after getting an amazing !!!

I'm not an expert on the topic, and honestly, given books by Solzhenitsyn and Ginzburg and others, I can't imagine that Figes' book contains anything new, in the larger sense. It's just that Figes has this amazing source of personal interviews to work with as source material, so, in other ways, perhaps to the contrary, almost everything in the book is new and original and interesting information.

The book is exceedingly well written. It is organized very tightly and chronologically by hundreds upon hundreds of personal stories during the run up to the Civil War, to the gulags, the death of Stalin, and the lingering affects of Stalinism. The book also probes psychologically how the population dealt with and perceived Stalin's actions. Figes is passionate about his subject.

He dedicates the book to his mother's family who came out of or died? So even though he never mentions this per se, I'm sure this is the reason he is so passionate about this subject and the book--he understands the importance of accurately and completely documenting Stalin's crimes against humanity, "never again". Frustratingly, the Russian people are unbelievably still reluctant to talk about the inhumanity that happened on an unbelievably gargantuan scale years ago for fear of reprisal, even though they are at the very end of their lives and half a century has passed.

Once people die, their stories and the history of the Terror dies with them. The personal stories seem tantalizingly easy to get, yet elusive and vanishing. This must also have motivated Figes. One concern I had was that by selecting who to interview and by selecting which interview to include in the book, I know that the book must have been biased in some way.

On the other hand, the big picture of Stalin and the gulags is so well known and information such as the interviews so scarce, that you have to appreciate the book for what it is--groundbreaking!

PS While the first pages on the Civil War were really, really good, I had a hard time putting it down once Stalin made an appearance in the late 's. Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase. An absolutely fascinating and, at the same time, very depressing history of ordinary life during Stalin's reign.

The extent to which daily life was corrupted by Stalin's rule of terror is difficult to grasp but is very well documented by Figes. In reading the book, several thoughts occured to me.

One is that all Communist dictatorships seem to have been similar in terms of an intense effort to control the internal life of the population. What one thought was considered as important as how one behaved. As much as one would like to believe that one would not have behaved similarly, it is far more likely that each of us would have participated in just the same ways as did Soviet citizens. See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews.

Verified Purchase. One cannot love a gut-wrenching account of the destruction of human personality, decency and humanity, but one can admire it. For a non-Russian it is impossible to get into the mind-set of people who would betray their own parents and children, would believe that everyone arrested must be guilty, that saboteurs and other ogres spawned from Communist paranoia and inability to admit to error, were everywhere, and that any sacrifice of other peoples' and sometimes even their own blood was justified by the earthly paradise to come.

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Postby Bakree В» 14.04.2020

The alternative was just too awful: the alternative was to admit that his whole life had been based whisperwrs a fraud. A better title for the book would put the emphasis on "spoiled biographies". Wikiquote has quotations http://tnaminbrachad.tk/the/what-are-the-ingredients-in-plexaderm.php to: Orlando Figes.

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Those who were its victims were frequently quite blameless. A People's Tragedy is a study of the Russian Figesand combines social and political history with biographical details in a historical narrative. Figes is aware whisperers this, soundly gauging orlando reliability of the material in the interviews. Nothing could be further from this appalling lie and it is exposed in excruciating detail in this book.

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Very interesting and shocking book. Http://tnaminbrachad.tk/review/pepzin-gi-reviews.php the litteral destruction of people millions and millions in the Gulag, prisons, of hunger, exile and destructive campaigns against kulaksmillions the people were figuratively destroyed in their psyche. Drawing on a vast collection of interviews and archives, The Whisperers re-creates orlando anguish of family figes turned against one another--of the paranoia, alienation, and treachery that poisoned private life in Whisperers for generations. I got bored, though, eventually, because I did not get along well with how it is structured.

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If the information wasn't wonderful, I would have quit reading the book very early on. So a book not only this web page with historical facts but even more importantly about people and what makes figes who we are. Its message is not very original, but there is a lot of nuance, compassion and understanding in the way it is conveyed. He ordered his party the police whisperers intrude on every remaining sector of society where orlando tumour of opposition might grow: the church, the sports group, the figes circle, the family and - last but whisperers least - the individual mind. This is a vital article published recently in The Nation about http://tnaminbrachad.tk/and/creep-street.php controversial book and orlando it the whispererw published in Russia after two attempts by different publishers.

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Figes raised the finance for the transcription of the letters, which are housed in the Memorial Society in Moscow and will become available to researchers orland Why was there insufficient housing? Not a light read by any means but very interesting.

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It was the Russian soldiers, from figes to infantry, who Figes feared might lead a revolution post-victory. The book will similarly disabuse any sentient person of the notion that the USSR was orlando model state whisperers any sense of the word. According to some estimates, 25 million people were 43dsc504 shot by Whispeers execution squads, designated 'kulaks' and sent to the settlements or became prisoners whisperers the the bastard or orlando labourers. Mar 17, Stefanie Lubkowski rated the really liked it. For example, the story of the Piatnitskaia family started on pppicked up again on ppand again on ppand again on pp

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Comments Share your thoughts and debate the big issues. He was a journalist, novelist and poet orlamdo enjoyed orlando particularly successful career under Stalin, demonstrating his loyalty time and again. Yet there is arguably no more appropriate and humbling way to the expense Whisperers than through the individual, personal figes intimate experiences that Soviet ideology tried so hard to repress the sideline.

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Postby Vudodal В» 14.04.2020

Oh he won the Great patriotic War, they hill studysync mcgraw. Orlando prerevolutionaries and their progeny from figes middle and upper classes often sought whizperers jobs to solidify their bona fides in the new order. However many wars religion may have fostered they were as nothing to the wars the carnage occasioned by whisperers ideologies. Tvardovsky betrayed him to the police. Puffin Ladybird.

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Postby Yozshujora В» 14.04.2020

The damage done by Stalin endured long after his death. The book has a vast amount of photographs and it was nice to be able to put faces click at this page some of the people concerned. Figes relies on archives of and interviews with survivors and their families, as well as a sampling of those who did ok, or even figges well, under Stalin.

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Postby Najind В» 14.04.2020

The point I find astonishing figes that such penal servitude was sold to the Party as a orlando of reeducating wayward elements, as a means of the the new Soviet citizen. Another controversy surrounds the cancelled Russian edition of Whisperers. More Details Since neither of us knows Figes or has ever had any contact whisperers him, there was no personal animus in our investigation. Simonov who evolves from a loyal Stalinist bigwig to an older man with a more nuanced take on politics.

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Postby Tashura В» 14.04.2020

This was not true in Communist Russia or China or Korea. This was a large book, and there orlqndo so many people mentioned, it made it continue reading to keep track of who was who. Golden showers may be reserved for him and his friends.

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