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FREE PDF ã BOOK The Whisperers Private Life in Stalin's Russia Ý ORLANDO FIGES Ñ ✻ [EPUB] ✰ The Whisperers Private Life in Stalin's Russia By Orlando Figes ❅ – From the award winning author of A People's Tragedy and Natasha's Dance a landmarY discovered documents The Whisperers reveals for Whisperers Private Life Kindle #207 the first time the inner world of ordinary Soviet citizens as they struggled to survive amidst the mistrust fear compromises and betrayals that pervaded their existenceMoving from the Revolution of to the death of Stalin and beyond Orlando Figes re creates the moral maze in Whisperers Private Life in Stalin's Epubwhich Russians found themselves where one wrong turn could destroy a family or perversely end up saving it He brings us inside cramped communal apartme This is a vital article published recently in The Nation about this controversial book and why it was not published in Russia after two attempts by different publishers I hope that in its wake its readers' rankings would be less upbeatOrlando Figes and Stalin's Victims Peter Reddaway and Stephen F CohenMay 23 2012 Many Western observers believe that Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian regime has in effect banned a Russian edition of a widely acclaimed 2007 book by the British historian Orlando Figes The Whisperers Private Life in Stalin’s Russia A professor at University of London’s Birkbeck College Figes himself inspired this explanation In an interview and in an article in 2009 he suggested that his first Russian publisher dropped the project due to “political pressure” because his large scale study of Stalin era terror “is inconvenient to the current regime” Three years later his explanation continues to circulateWe doubted Figes’s explanation at the time—partly because excellent Russian historians were themselves publishing so many uncensored exposés of the horrors of Stalinism and continue to do so—but only now are we able to disprove it Since neither of us knows Figes or has ever had any contact with him there was no personal animus in our investigation Our examination of transcripts of original Russian language interviews he used to write The Whisperers and of documents provided by Russians close to the project tells a different story A second Russian publisher Corpus had no political ualms about soon contracting for its own edition of the book In 2010 however Corpus also canceled the project The reasons had nothing to do with Putin’s regime but everything to do with Figes himself In 2004 specialists at the Memorial Society a widely respected Russian historical and human rights organization founded in 1988 on behalf of victims and survivors of Stalin’s terror were contracted by Figes to conduct hundreds of interviews that form the basis of The Whisperers and are now archived at Memorial In preparing for the Russian edition Corpus commissioned Memorial to provide the original Russian language versions of Figes’s uotations and to check his other English language translations What Memorial’s researchers found was a startling number of minor and major errors Its publication “as is” it was concluded would cause a scandal in RussiaThis revelation which we learned about several months ago did not entirely surprise us though our subseuent discoveries were shocking Separately we had been following Figes’s academic and related abuses for some time They began in 1997 with his book A People’s Tragedy in which the Harvard historian Richard Pipes found scholarly shortcomings In 2002 Figes’s cultural history of Russia Natasha’s Dance was greeted with enthusiasm by many reviewers until it encountered a careful critic in the Times Literary Supplement Rachel Polonsky of Cambridge University Polonsky pointed out various defects in the book including Figes’s careless borrowing of words and ideas of other writers without adeuate acknowledgment One of those writers the American historian Priscilla Roosevelt wrote to us “Figes appropriated obscure memoirs I had used in my book Life on the Russian Country Estate Yale University Press 1995 but changed their content and messed up the references” Another leading scholar TJ Binyon published similar criticism of Natasha’s Dance “Factual errors and mistaken assertions strew its pages thickly than autumnal leaves in Vallombrosa”In 2010 a different dimension of Figes’s practices came to light For some time he had been writing anonymous derogatory reviews on of books by his colleagues in Russian history notably Polonsky and Robert Service of Oxford University Polonsky’s Molotov’s Magic

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From the award winning author Private Life MOBI #240 of A People's Tragedy and Natasha's Dance a landmark account of what private life was like for Russians in the worst years of Soviet repression There have been many accounts of the public aspects of Stalin's dictatorship the arrests and trials The Whisperers PDF the enslavement and killing in the gulags No previous book however has explored the regime's effect on people's personal lives what one historian called the Stalinism that entered into all of us Now drawing on a huge collection of newl One of the most emotional account of the terror I've ever read Detailed descriptions by ordinary people who had the misfortune to live in those times

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The Whisperers Private Life in Stalin's RussiaNts where minor suabbles could lead to fatal denunciations he examines the Communist faithful who often rationalized even their own arrest as a case of mistaken identity and he casts a humanizing light on informers demonstrating how in a Whisperers Private Life in Stalin's Epubrepressive system anyone could easily become a collaboratorA vast panoramic portrait of a society in which everyone spoke in whispers whether to protect their families and friends or to inform upon them The Whisperers is a gripping account of lives lived in impossible times A very interesting book; parts of it are very moving I found the explanation for the Terror in Ch 8 uite persuasive see below OTOH it is really not necessary to publish 700 page books that consist mainly of repetitive examples That's what footnotes and reference systems after all are for Stalin was expecting war with the fascist powers and believed not without cause that the Western powers were trying to divert Hitler to the East And he feared as the Tsar had suffered in WWI social revolution in the rear At the same time he observed the failure of the Republicans in Spain undone by infighting on the Left Anarchist Communists Trotskyites from which he concluded that only repression at home could maintain the unity necessary to fight the Germans Stalin did not of coures believe that all these many people were actually spies or enemies by Figes' count nearly 15 million were arrested and over 700000 shot in 1937 1938 alone But he believed that if one or two real enemies could be caught it was worth shooting a hundred or a thousand innocent men and women They were simply trying as Kaganovich who lived to the ripe old age of 98 put it in the 1980's to drain the swamp; or as Molotov as late as 1986 The Terror for Stalin was merely an insurance policy