Reviews

  • This powerful narrative by a distinguished historian will take its place not just in history but in literature

    Robert Massie
  • A poignant record illuminating the experiences of the millions who suffered untold miseries in Stalin's grinding system of repression - and throughout the history of Russia as a whole. But, more than anything, this is a book about love ... as fascinating and inspiring as it is heartbreaking; a unique contribution to Gulag scholarship as well as a study of the universal power of love, as relevant now as it was then. It is impossible to read without shedding tears

    Simon Sebag Montefiore, Financial Times
  • Electrifying, passionate, devoted, despairing, exhilarating ... a tale of hope, resilience, grit and love

    The Times
  • Remarkable ... moving... possesses extraordinary value ... a notable contribution to Gulag literature

    Max Hastings, Sunday Times
  • Immensely touching ... [a] heartening gem of a book

    Anna Reid, Literary Review
  • The remarkable true story of a love affair between two Soviet citizens ... as much a literary challenge as a historical one: the book can be read as a non-fiction novel

    Telegraph
  • Figes has achieved something extraordinary ... the gulag story lacks individuals for us to sympathise with: a Primo Levi, an Anne Frank or even an Oskar Schindler. Just Send Me Word may well be the book to change that ... the kind of love that most of us can only dream of

    Oliver Bullough, Independent
  • It is hard to imagine a more heartening story of love, courage and endurance ... a fascinating historical record but also a wonderful love story

    Express
  • Figes sustains the reader's interest by showing how life and love continued to flourish within the space not occupied by the Stalinist state ... Just Send Me Word is a rich evocation of the experience of daily life inside and outside the Gulag, as well as a moving love story

    Wendy Slater, Times Literary Supplement
  • Remarkable ... Figes, selecting and then interpreting this mass of letters, makes them tell two kinds of story. The first is a uniquely detailed narrative of the gulag, of the callous, slatternly universe which consumed millions of lives ... The second is about two people determined not to lose each other

    Neal Ascherson, Guardian