From the award-winning author of The Whisperers, Orlando Figes Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia is a dazzling history of Russia’s mighty culture.
Orlando Figes’ enthralling, richly evocative history has been heralded as a literary masterpiece on Russia, the lives of those who have shaped its culture, and the enduring spirit of a people.
‘Wonderfully rich … magnificent and compelling … a delight to read’
Â Â Antony Beevor
‘A tour de force by the great storyteller of modern Russian historians … Figes mobilizes a cast of serf harems, dynasties, politburos, libertines, filmmakers, novelists, composers, poets, tsars and tyrants … superb, flamboyant and masterful’
Â Â Simon Sebag-Montefiore, Financial Times
‘Awe-inspiring … Natasha’s Dance has all the qualities of an epic tragedy’
Â Â Mail on Sunday
‘It is so much fun to read that I hesitate to write too much, for fear of spoiling the pleasures and surprises of the book’
Â Â Sunday Telegraph
‘Magnificent … Figes is at his exciting best’
Â Â Guardian
‘Breathtaking … The title of this masterly history comes from War and Peace, when the aristocratic heroine, Natasha Rostova, finds herself intuitively picking up the rhythm of a peasant dance … One of those books that, at times, makes you wonder how you have so far managed to do without it’
Â Â Independent on Sunday
‘Thrilling, dizzying … I would defy any reader not to be captivated’
Â Â Literary Review
Orlando Figes is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of Peasant Russia, Civil War, A People’s Tragedy, Natasha’s Dance, The Whisperers and Just Send Me Word. His books have been translated into over twenty languages.