Orlando Figes is a man of vision and he is one man who has changed the way people used to look at Russian History as he has added so many relevant information to it through his researches, view points and most importantly, through actual facts. Orlando Figes has always been interested in history from his very childhood when he was studying in William Ellis, from where many other historians passed out. It was just a grammar school at the time of his admission but later on became comprehensive. He has written many books on Russian history which are now translated to many different languages like Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, French, German, Hebrew, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Georgian so that people from all over the world can relish his writings. His agents include famous names like Rogers, White and Coleridge among others.
Orlando Figes is the third writer in his family, with other two being his sister, Kate Figes and mother Eva Figes, both being one of the best feminist writers themselves. He grew up in feminist environment because his father, John Figes left the family when he was just three. After completing his school from William Ellis, he went on for higher studies in Cambridge University in Gonville and Caius College. It was undoubtedly one of the best schools for history subject during those times and many famous historians have passed out from there. Orlando Figes has written number of books on Russian history which has been internationally acclaimed as well and has also been the best sellers for the history category.
Orlando Figes loves what he does and his passion is clearly seen his books where he has made sure that everything is relevant and fact based. Few of his books which has made waves in the market are A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924, Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia, The Whisperer’s: Private Life In Stalin’s Russia, Crimea: The Last Crusade, Interpreting The Russian Revolution: The Language and Symbols of 1917, Peasant Russia, Civil War: The Volga Countryside in Revolution, 1917 – 1921. He has won many awards for his book – A People’s Tragedy which are The Wolfson History Prize, WH Smith Literary Award, NCR Book award, Longman- History Today Book Prize and also the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Orlando Figes is also known for his nomination twice for Samuel Johnson history award which is a very prestigious prize and he is the only person in the world to have been nominated twice and this says a lot about the authority of Orlando Figes in his subject.