Magazine article New Internationalist

October

Magazine article New Internationalist

October

Article excerpt

October

by China Miéville (Verso, ISBN 9781784782711)

Oceans of ink and hillsides of trees have been spent in telling the story and interpreting the outcome of the Russian Revolution of 1917. It could be argued that not even the centenary of that cataclysmic event provides sufficient justification for adding to the tottering mountain of books on the subject. That said, if I had a free pass to grant any author to add their tuppenceworth, it would, in all probability, be leftist contrarian China Miéville, whose radical science-fiction novels have brought style, substance and even a measure of respect to a much-maligned genre.

By and large, Miéville eschews the dazzling prose stylistics employed in his fiction, giving us an unadorned chronology of the Revolution, charting the nine months in which Russia was transformed from autocratic serfdom into the world's first socialist state. …

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