October: The Story of the Russian Revolution (Paperback)China Mieville (author)
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Award-winning writer China Miéville has long been inspired by the ideals of the Russian Revolution and here, on the centenary of the revolution, he provides his own distinctive take on its history.
A man stands on a windswept island, staring up at the sky. He is powerfully built and enormously tall, and his fine clothes whip about him in the May squalls. He ignores the chop of the Neva river that surrounds him, the scrub of greenery and of a sprawling littoral landscape. His rifle dangling from his hand, he gazes up in awe. Overhead a great eagle soars.
In February 1917, in the midst of bloody war, Russia was still an autocratic monarchy: nine months later, it became the first socialist state in world history. How did this unimaginable transformation take place?
How was a ravaged and backward country, swept up in a desperately unpopular war, rocked by not one but two revolutions?
This is the story of the extraordinary months between those upheavals, in February and October, of the forces and individuals who made 1917 so epochal a year, of their intrigues, negotiations, conflicts and catastrophes. From familiar names like Lenin and Trotsky to their opponents Kornilov and Kerensky; from the byzantine squabbles of urban activists to the remotest villages of a sprawling empire; from the revolutionary railroad Sublime to the ciphers and static of coup by telegram; from grand sweep to forgotten detail.
Historians have debated the revolution for a hundred years, its portents and possibilities: the mass of literature can be daunting. But here is a book for those new to the events, told not only in their historical import but in all their passion and drama and strangeness. Because as well as a political event of profound and ongoing consequence, Miéville reveals the Russian Revolution as a breathtaking story.
Publisher: Verso Books
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 367 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 mm
'Elegantly constructed and unexpectedly moving.' - London Review of Books
'There are delightful grace notes here over and above a brisk and perceptive narrative.' - Scotsman
'This gripping account is a re-enactment of the Russian Revolution... His writing can be as passionate as that of the poets of the time: Alexander Blok, Mikhail Kuzmin, Marina Tsvetaeva, to mention some of those quoted here. Mieville's own special effects are of a piece with them.' - Financial Times
'Cinematic and vivid.' - Newsweek
'An exciting account of the revolutionary moment ... well-argued and elegiac.' - Spectator
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