October: The Story of the Russian Revolution (Hardcover)
With respect to facts, you won't find anything here that isn't already in the existing literature on the Russian Revolution. This is, rather, a purely synthetic work, one which puts the emphasis on narrative. It is Miéville's rare combination of abilities as both a storyteller, who weaves the facts into a compelling drama, and a student of politics, who makes comprehensible the complex web of forces at play in the constantly changing political landscape of 1917, that makes this volume special. October places the reader in the thick of a moment in which everything seemed possible—a tonic for the relative lack of imagination from which we suffer. -Sam— From Summer Booknotes 2017
Award-winning author China Mieville plunges us into the year the world was turned upside down On the centenary of the Russian Revolution, China Mieville 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, Mieville 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.
About the Author
China Mieville is the multi-award-winning author of many works of fiction and non-fiction. His fiction includes The City and the City, Embassytown and This Census-Taker. He has won the Hugo, World Fantasy, and Arthur C. Clarke awards. His non-fiction includes the photo-illustrated essay London's Overthrow and Between Equal Rights, a study of international law. He has written for various publications, including the New York Times, Guardian, Conjunctions and Granta, and he is a founding editor of the quarterly Salvage.