October: The Story of the Russian Revolution by China Miéville review – stirring account of the events of 1917


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The fantasy fiction writer’s foray into history could be his most accessible book to date Given China Miéville’s reputation for writing challenging fiction about alternative worlds, this foray into history, dealing with the Russian Revolution, might have been expected to be a genre-defying kaleidoscope of ideas and themes. In fact, it’s his most straightforward book to date. Providing you share his belief that the revolution represented a glorious moment when a nation cast off the shackles of a hated tyranny, it’s an inspirational account that lends itself to troubled times. He makes no claims as to original research, but brings a storyteller’s eye to “liberty’s dim light” and its brief, doomed flowering. • October: The Story of the Russian Revolution by China Miéville is published by Verso (£18.99). To order a copy for £14.24 go to bookshop.theguardian.com or call 0330 333 6846. Free UK p&p ...