As the son of Eva Figes, a feminist author, Mr. Orlando Figes has been raised well to become a great writer. Also, his sister, Ms. Kate FIges has also chosen the path of the pen. It is safe to say that writing runs in his family’s blood. He was born on November 20, 1959. He went to study at William Ellis School in north London from the years 1971 to 1978. He studied history at Gonvile and Caius College at the University of Cambridge. There, Mr. Figes graduated with flying colors, scoring a double starred first award which is pretty rare in the year 1982. After that, he pursued studying again to get a PhD at Trinity College, University of Cambridge and he was also a fellow for many years (1984-1999).
He also became a lecturer for history at the University of Cambridge for 12 years from the year 1987 to 1999. After that, he was offered a position as the Chair of history at Birkbeck College, University of London. Mr. Orlando Figes, because of authoring books, has made him gather quite a reputation. Some of his works that were considered to be Award winning are: “A People’s Tragedy” which was released in the year 1996; “Natasha’s Dance” which was released in the year 2002; and “The Whisperers” which was released in the year 2007. He combined different types of writing techniques which includes social, oral and cultural history.
Apart from that, he is a master of writing both academic and literary qualities. A People’s Tragedy which was translated into different languages is all about the research and study of the Revolution in Russia. The book is a combination of political and social history which is historically narrated with biographical details. Mr. Orlando Figes’ hard work paid off when it received critically acclaimed award such as the: Wolfson History Prize, NCR Book Award, WH Smith Literary Award, Los Angeles Tim Book Prize and the longman history today book prize.
Crimea is a book full of detailed, panoramic history of the 1853-1856 Crimean war. He was able to greatly sourced information from French, Ottoman, Russian and also some British archives. His book is a combination of the cultural, political, diplomatic and military history. The book analyzed how the impact left a mark on the consciousness of France, Turkey, Russia and Britain in the sense of nationality. Mr. Figes was able to set the war in this book from the context of the eastern question, which is the political and diplomatic issue which is rooted by the falling Ottoman Empire. In this book, Mr. Figes underlined how the religious struggle between France as the Defender of the Catholics and Europe as the guard of the Orthodox in the Ottoman Empire is very important.