October

October

The Story of the Russian Revolution

eBook - 2017
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Award-winning author China Miéville plunges us into the year the world was turned upside downOn the centenary of the Russian Revolution, China Miéville tells the extraordinary story of this pivotal moment in history. In February of 1917 Russia was a backwards, autocratic monarchy, mired in an unpopular war; by October, after not one but two revolutions, it had become the world's first workers' state, straining to be at the vanguard of global revolution. How did this unimaginable transformation take place? In a panoramic sweep, stretching from St Petersburg and Moscow to the remotest villages of a sprawling empire, Miéville uncovers the catastrophes, intrigues and inspirations of 1917, in all their passion, drama and strangeness. Intervening in long-standing historical debates, but told with the reader new to the topic especially in mind, here is a breathtaking story of humanity at its greatest and most desperate; of a turning point for civilisation that still resonates loudly today.
Publisher: 2017.
ISBN: 9781784782795
Branch Call Number: eBook Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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May 06, 2018

Trust Mieville to write a book like this. A breathless, beautiful portrayal of one of the most significant events in the Twentieth Century, "October" takes Mieville's love of language and applies it to a subject clearly dear to his heart. The structure of the book marks the rising tension as the story of Lenin and his compatriots, from all wings of Russian politics, inch closer to their moment of millenarian upheaval. Mieville's clear sympathies for the poor and oppressed people of Tsarist Russia carry the story, which is occasionally bogged down by the multitude of personalities who constantly flow through the Duma and the Soviet. A helpful bibliography of characters helps but isn't deep enough to remind the reader exactly which Right-SR he's talking about at times. On the whole, an inspiring and fresh look at a critical moment of change in human history, showing how history sweeps away its participants in its current.

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