Released by audible.co.uk yesterday, this fascinating book was a delight to read and quite a challenge to record - those Russian names don't always trip easily off an English speaking tongue!
It's a fabulous book and here are some details:
October: The Story of the Russian Revolution
"The renowned fantasy and science fiction writer China
Mieville has long been inspired by the ideals of the Russian Revolution,
and here, on the centenary of the revolution, he provides his own
distinctive take on its history.
In February 1917, in the midst
of bloody war, Russia was still an autocratic monarchy: nine months
later it became the first socialist state in world history. How did this
unimaginable transformation take place? How was a ravaged and backward
country, swept up in a desperately unpopular war, rocked by not one but
This is the story of the extraordinary months
between those upheavals, in February and October, of the forces and
individuals who made 1917 so epochal a year, of their intrigues,
negotiations, conflicts and catastrophes. From familiar names like Lenin
and Trotsky to their opponents Kornilov and Kerensky; from the
byzantine squabbles of urban activists to the remotest villages of a
sprawling empire; from the revolutionary railroad Sublime to the ciphers
and static of coup by telegram; from grand sweep to forgotten detail.
have debated the revolution for 100 years, its portents and
possibilities: the mass of
literature can be daunting. But here is a
book for those new to the events, told not only in their historical
import but in all their passion and drama and strangeness. Because as
well as a political event of profound and ongoing consequence, Mieville
reveals the Russian Revolution as a breathtaking story."
©2017 China Mieville (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
Written by China Mieville, Produced by Neil Gardner & Narrated by John Banks
Unabridged audio book length: 11 hours and 37 minutes
...all for now, more just as soon as it happens!