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.
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
July 29, 2017
Well written enjoyable history novel. Read this slowly over a week. Never felt like binge reading it though.
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...
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!
June 21, 2017
I was excited about this book for two reasons: I am a fan of the author's fiction, and my knowledge of the Russian Revolution was woefully scanty. China Miéville is a great storyteller, and this is a story that Miéville (a politically active socialist) is passionate about. The events of the Russi...
August 02, 2017
This is, by intention, a rigorous factual history of the Russian Revolution, published for the centenary of 1917. This means that to my taste a lot of it was inevitably dry. I kept describing it as filled with "begats," by which I mean lots and lots of names, and no way to tell which ones were go...