Reviews

  • Magnificent. Beautifully written, immaculately researched and thoroughly absorbing from start to finish. A tour de force that explains how Europe's cultural life transformed during the course of the 19th century - and so much more.

    Peter Frankopan
  • Magnificent and utterly gripping: European identity, culture and commerce through the lives of three remarkable individuals, the book for our times.

    Philippe Sands
  • It plunged me into another world. I learned so much and was carried away by the intelligence and fluidity of the style - a combination which is unbeatable.

    Antonia Fraser
  • [There are] a multitude of fascinating pieces of information to be gleaned from Orlando Figes's magisterial and wide-ranging book The Europeans. [...] Relevant, trenchant and searching.

    William Boyd, The Guardian
  • The Europeans is a massively impressive work, as enjoyable as it is knowledgeable, full of insights into the mechanisms of history and in the people who make it. It is a book about the making of Europe, and this description, wonderful as it is, has now, in these days, sadly, also almost a utopian quality to it. Orlando Figes is an outstanding historian and writer, he brings distant history so close that you could feel its heartbeat. He did it with the Russian Revolution in A People's Tragedy, and he does it again in The Europeans.

    Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • I loved the book. I read it in every spare moment, fascinated and sometimes surprised. All of the principal characters are inspiring, but The Europeans also shows the struggles and backbiting and mistakes which can also lie behind a repertoire we tend to take for granted. I have been speaking about the book to everyone I know: it is clearly not just a book for musicians but for the widest audience interested in literature, music and art.

    Barbara Hannigan
  • Written beautifully, with striking wit, joie de vivre and learning worn lightly... this superb, flamboyant and masterful tour d'horizon is fun, anecdotal and fascinating, colourful and playful.

    Praise for NATASHA'S DANCE, Financial Times
  • Magnificent

    Praise for NATASHA'S DANCE, Guardian