Being involved in another country’s history is common for the millions of historians teaching in millions of institutions today, and Orlando Figes is no exception for these amazing history professors that has indulged themselves in another’s cultural epic timeline of events. Orlando by profession is a History Professor at the Birkbeck College at the University of London, other than teaching students, Figes is also a famous author of several books entitled “A People’s Tragedy” The Russian Revolution 1891-1924” “Natasha’s Dance” and “The Whisperers” he wrote all of these books after finishing his Ph Degree in Russian History under the direction of Norman Stone. Orlando is innately a writer even when he was little, and that is no surprise for him because he comes from a family of celebrated authors. His mother, Eva Figes is one of the most popular writers in the 1970’s, her mother was able to publish 13 works of different subjects, from non-fiction stories to biographies, Eva Figes was one of the epitome of feminism during her time. Plus, Kate Figes, Orlando’s sister is also a celebrated author and editor in the country.
But what sets Orlando Figes apart from his bloodline of superb writers, is his different interest in writing, and that is no other than the Russian History. Orlando graduated from the Cambridge University where he took up a degree in history at the Gonville and Caius College prior to taking up the Russian History degree. Orlando developed a love for Russia right after embarking on the different stories of each country’s legacy; he became so fascinated about the inspiring and motivating stories of Russia that he organically came to a conclusion that this will be what he would want to study completely. For that, Figes devoted and committed all of his time and effort in studying and grasping the whole system of how Russia developed from a small civilization to becoming one of the most independent powerful countries today. In his book “A People’s Tragedy” The Russian Revolution 1891-1924” he tells the magnificent and moving stories of different people such as peasants to affluent personalities, the book contains unique individual stories of tragedy.
Because of his wonderful work, Orlando Figes received a lot of recognition and praise, the book was not only a best seller, but it also received numerous awards such as the Wolfson Prize, the W.H. Smith Literary Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the NCR Prize and the Longman/History Today Book Prize. The authored work of Orlando became a hit that he was able to write another book called “Natasha’s Dance” another addition to the Russian history; however this book is different for it depicts the rich culture and historical events of Russia during the early eighteenth century.