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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OPL_DavidD Sep 12, 2018

Mieville uses his world-building skill as a science fiction/fantasy writer to write an impassioned account of the Russian Revolution. Focusing on the movement on the ground, he masterfully weaves a compelling story of rival factions, competing goals, intrigue, riots, and political exile. Both well-known and obscure figures make their mark. You really get a feel for the scale of the Revolution, as well as what the people at the time were experiencing.

TRoud Jul 03, 2018

An excellent read for anyone looking for an introduction to the incendiary period of revolution Russia. Miéville deploys a narrative writing style that keeps you turning the page, and will keep fiction readers entertained as well as fascinated. From the callous and distant Tsarist regime, the reluctance of the newly developed capitalist class in forming a government, the comedy of errors that resulted in the collapse of the February provisional government, to the passion of the revolutionaries and the desperation of a populace and conscript military facing appalling conditions, Miéville portrays a society on the brink of collapse. Readers of Miéville will know he will be somewhat partisan, but you won't find a simplistic gushing support for the Bolsheviks in this text but rather a considered, critical, nuanced analysis presented in an easily digestible style.

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bwrogers
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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