Orlando Figes

Orlando Figes is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author, among other books, of The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia, A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891–1924, and Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia, and The Crimean War: A History. His latest book is Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag and his next book, Revolutionary Russia, 1891–1991, will be published in April 2014.

  • Hamming Up Bulgakov

    November 14, 2013

    A new television series starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe shows that Mikhail Bulgakov is becoming better known, but not necessarily through his own words.

  • A Young Doctor's Notebook


    This is an enjoyable series. There are strong performances, especially from Jon Hamm, who is wonderful to watch for his subtle blend of mordant humor and self-loathing. But it is far from a faithful version of A Country Doctor’s Notebook.