October : The Story of the Russian Revolution
by China Mieville
Editor: Verso Books
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The award-winning author China Miéville was for a long time inspired by the ideals of the Russian Revolution and here, on the centenary of the revolution, he provides his own take on his own history.In February 1917, in the midst of a bloody war, Russia was still an autocratic monarchy: nine months later, it became the first socialist state in history.How is it unimaginable to transformHow was ravaged and the hinterland, swept away in a hopelessly unpopular war, rocked by not one but two revolutionsThis is the story of the extraordinary month between these upheavals, in February and October, of the forces and individuals who have 1917 for a one-year period, their intrigues, negotiations, conflicts and catastrophes.From familiar names such as Lenin and Trotsky to their opponents of Kornilov and Kerensky; Byzantine militant urban strife militants furthest away from the villages of a vast empire; from the revolutionary railroad Sublime for encryption algorithms and static coup d’ état telegram; great sweeping forgotten detailsHistorians have debated the revolution for a hundred years, its omens and possibilities: the mass of literature can be a daunting task.But here, it is a book for those who are new to events, says not only in their historical significance, but in all their passion and drama and strangeness.For as a political event with a profound and continuous consequence, Miéville reveals the Russian Revolution as a breathtaking story.
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