October
October The Story of the Russian Revolution By Miéville, China Book - 2017

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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