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Liberty’s Dim Light: Book Review of China Miéville’s October: The Story of the Russian Revolution” and Iron Council” (Part 1/2)

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China Miéville holds a Ph.D. (2001) in International Relations from the London School of Economics, is a member of the socialist democratic party in England, and the founding editor of Salvage, a quarterly of revolutionary arts and letters. He wrote Between Equal Rights: A Marxist Theory of International Law’, but is perhaps best known as an author of fiction, where for his novels he has won among other awards the Arthur C. Clarke, Hugo, and Locus literary honors.

His latest writing is a narrative history, October: The Story of the October Revolution, arriving on the centenary of the pivotal year.

After a useful prehistory detailing the autocratic monarchy engaged in the unpopular First World War, Miéville proceeds month by month through to the October 1917 takeover of the Winter Palace and the beginnings of the world’s first workers’ state. In exploring the revolution, Miéville expertly moves from St Petersburg to Moscow and beyond, just as the drama and strange impacts and influences radiated outward like a disjointed music ensemble’s noise and returned to the crucible in broken wavelengths.

Even though 55 names and descriptions are included in the glossary of names end material, and their presence in the narrative is real, when he can Miéville tends to focus on Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known to history as Lenin. (And, to a considerable but lesser extent, Lev Bronstein, or Trotsky.)

Read the full essay here: https://medium.com/@decision_/libertys-dim-light-book-review-of-china-mi%C3%A9ville-s-october-the-story-of-the-russian-revolution-12104f291294

Posted on October 13, 2017 • Source