October: The Story of the Russian Revolution by China Miéville

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Read October: The Story of the Russian Revolution Online Free - The renowned fantasy and science fiction writer China Mieville 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. 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, Mieville reveals the Russian Revolution as a breathtaking story.

Title : October: The Story of the Russian Revolution
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ISBN : 1784782777
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Darwin8u rated it ★★★☆☆

August 12, 2017

"We are sick and tired of living in debt and slavery. We want space and light." - Letter from Rakalovsk peasants, quoted by China Miéville, October A nice narrative history of the Russian Revolution in 1917. This isn't an academic book. This book, by design, is meant to be a nonintimidating book of...

David rated it ★★★★★

May 17, 2017

One must always try to be as radical as reality itself. - Lenin The position of the Bolsheviks I understood, because they preached 'Down with the war and immediate peace at any price,' but I couldn't understand at all the tactics of the SRs and the Mensheviks, who first broke up the army, as if to...

Jonfaith rated it ★★★☆☆

June 04, 2017

The old regime was vile and violent, while Russian liberalism was weak, and quick to make common cause with reaction. All the same, did October lead inexorably to Stalin? It is an old question, but one still very much alive. Is the gulag the telos of 1917? The timing appears apt. A sunny Sunday in...

Σωτήρης rated it ★★★★★

October 11, 2017

"Η επανάσταση του 17 είναι μια επανάσταση των τραίνων" Με αυτή τη φράση ο συγγραφέας έργων φαντασίας China Mieville συνοψίζει στο έργο του την πραγματική ουσία των όσων συμβαίνουν στην Πετρούπολη εκείνη την χρονιά του 17! Το παρόν έργο είναι μια πολύ καλή μυθιστόρηματικη (αλλά όχι μυθική) περιγρα...

Squire rated it ★★★★☆

May 25, 2017

When I first heard China Miéville was coming out with a book on the Russian Revolution of 1917, I was excited to see how he would turn it into a SF novel. Of course , he didn't. This is a straight forward account of the two revolutions of 1917 (February, when Czar Nicholas II was forced to abdica...

Roy rated it ★★★☆☆

July 29, 2017

Well written enjoyable history novel. Read this slowly over a week. Never felt like binge reading it though.

Tudor rated it ★★★★★

June 22, 2017

Chine Mieville at his best! This book about what was probably the most interesting period in the history of Europe since tumultuous years of the fall of the Roman Republic, is easily the best book about the Russian Revolution that I've ever read.

Terence rated it ★★★★☆

August 20, 2017

October is a narrative account of that fraught year of 1917 when myriad groups brought down the tsar in February and the Bolsheviks brought down the Provisional Government in October (according to the Julian calendar). For me, the most telling aspects of the tale are the lack of coordination and...

Julie rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 18, 2017

I'd give this something like 1.666 stars. I didn't dislike it. I admire China Mieville a good deal. I am socialistic in my political leanings and have been fascinated by the Russian Revolution since high school. So I was eager to plunge into Mieville's trawl through that frantic, thrilling, scary...

Sarah rated it ★★★★★

August 11, 2017

So good. And on the advice of some friends, audiobooked it, mostly over a two-day road trip, and it's quite compelling as an audiobook--the story rolls inexorably on, the turns and twists and all the almost- moments. More history-as-novel, please!

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