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The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Metropolitan Books
Publication date November 13, 2007
Pages 739
Binding Hardcover
Edition 1
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780805074611
ISBN-10 0805074619
Dimensions 2 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 2.62 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $35.00
§As reported by publisher
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Summary
The award-winning author of A People's Tragedy furnishes an incisive portrait of everyday Russian life during the repression of the Stalin years, analyzing the regime's effect on people's personal lives as they struggled to survive in the middle of the fear, mistrust, betrayal, and compromise of the world in which they lived. 40,000 first printing.
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From the award-winning author 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 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 newly discovered documents, The Whisperers reveals for 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 existence.
 
Moving from the Revolution of 1917 to the death of Stalin and beyond, Orlando Figes re-creates the moral maze in which Russians found themselves, where one wrong turn could destroy a family or, perversely, end up saving it. He brings us inside cramped communal apartments, where minor squabbles 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 repressive system, anyone could easily become a collaborator.

A 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.


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1 edition from Metropolitan Books (November 13, 2007)
9780805074611 | details & prices | 739 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 2.00 in. | 2.62 lbs | List price $35.00
About: Provides a portrait of everyday Russian life during the repression of the Stalin years, analyzing the regime's effect on people's personal lives as they struggled to survive in the midst of the fear, mistrust, betrayal, and compromise of the world in which they lived.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Picador USA (November 25, 2008)
9780312428037 | details & prices | 740 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.50 in. | 1.65 lbs | List price $26.00
About: A New York Times Notable Book of 2007"A tremendous achievement.

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