Natasha's Dance (Paperback)

A Cultural History of Russia

By Orlando Figes

Picador, 9780312421953, 768pp.

Publication Date: October 17, 2003

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Description

Beginning in the eighteenth century with the building of St. Petersburg and culminating with the Soviet regime, Figes examines how writers, artists, and musicians grappled with the idea of Russia itself--its character, spiritual essence, and destiny. Skillfully interweaving the great works--by Dostoevsky, Stravinsky, and Chagall--with folk embroidery, peasant songs, religious icons, and all the customs of daily life, Figes reveals the spirit of "Russianness" as rich and uplifting, complex and contradictory--and more lasting than any Russian ruler or state.



About the Author

Orlando Figes is the author of eight books on Russia that have been translated into twenty-seven languages; they include The Whisperers, A People’s Tragedy, Natasha’s Dance, and Just Send Me Word. A professor of history at Birkbeck, University of London and a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, Figes is the recipient of the Wolfon History Prize, the W. H. Smith Literary Award, the NCR Book Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among others.


Praise For Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia

“Scintillating. . .an exceptional history of Russian culture and a joy to read.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Stunning and ambitious. . .Figes captures nothing less than Russians' complex and protean notions regarding their national identity.” —The Atlantic Monthly

“Staggering. . .A vivid, entertaining, and enlightening account of what it has meant to be culturally a Russian over the last three centuries.” —Los Angeles Times

“[A] masterly work.” —New York Review of Books

“A big, bold, interpretative cultural history.” —Foreign Affairs