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October: The Story of the Russian Revolution Paperback – 1 Jul 2018

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Miéville is an ideal guide through this complex historical moment, giving agency to obscure and better-known participants alike, and depicting the revolution as both a tragically lost opportunity and an ongoing source of inspiration. (Publishers Weekly (? Starred Review))

When one of the most marvellously original writers in the world takes on one of the most explosive events in history, the result can only be incendiary (Barbara Ehrenreich)

To give a new generation of readers a fresh account of the great revolution, incorporating all the post-1989 archival discoveries and scholarly research, is a singularly daunting task. To render it in vivid, oracular prose, moving across the pages with the gathering force of a hurricane, is something that only China Miéville could achieve. (Mike Davis)

This gripping account is a re-enactment of the Russian Revolution... His writing can be as passionate as that of the poets of the time: Alexander Blok, Mikhail Kuzmin, Marina Tsvetaeva, to mention some of those quoted here. Miéville's own special effects are of a piece with them. (Financial Times)

Elegantly constructed and unexpectedly moving (Sheila Fitzpatrick London Review of Books)

Miéville presents the action with his novelist's eye . An intriguing march to revolution, told here with clarity and insight. (Kirkus)

There are delightful grace notes here over and above a brisk and perceptive narrative. (Stuart Kelly Scotsman)

Cinematic and vivid (Newsweek)

Readers will be satisfied that October gives them the literary equivalent of bearing witness to world history. (Booklist)

"Best Summer Books of 2017" (Publishers Weekly)

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Award-winning author China Miéville plunges us into the year the world was turned upside down

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Samuel
5.0 out of 5 starsAmazing General Introduction to The Revolution
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5.0 out of 5 starsOutstanding achievement.
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5.0 out of 5 starsThis is a thrilling account of the tumultuous year 1907 ...
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5.0 out of 5 starsAll power to the Soviet!
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4.0 out of 5 starsNot a bad intro to the Russian Revolution
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