From the Daunt Books website:
“Orlando Figes in conversation with Anna Reid Monday, 11th June at 7pm in Marylebone.
The Financial Times has described Orlando Figes as “the great storyteller of modern Russian historians,” and Just Send Me Word tells a truly remarkable story; of the relationship between Lev and Svetlana, two young Muscovites separated first by the Second World War and then the Gulag, where the Soviet state sent Lev for ten years on absurd and arbitrary charges. Extraordinarily, during Lev’s long exile in an Arctic camp they were able to smuggle letters to each other and even meet. Both sides of the entire correspondence have survived and these letters of which there are some 1,500 form a detailed and agonizing account of life in Stalin’s Soviet Union. They are a testament to human constancy under impossible circumstances and to a love story like no other; one that Figes tells with remarkable insight and warmth. Anna Reid has written several books of East European history, of which the latest is the highly-praised Leningrad.”