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May 09, 2017

London: Waterstones Gower Street

October: The Story of the Russian Revolution with China Miéville and Laleh Khalili

What pathways of possibility – and failure – were opened up by the radical rupture of 1917? Award-winning author China Miéville plunges us into the year the world was turned upside down.

“This was Russia’s revolution, certainly, but it belonged and belongs to others, too. It could be ours. If its sentences are still unfinished, it is up to us to finish them.”

In October: The Story of the Russian Revolution, the award-winning author China Miéville plunges us into the year the world was turned upside down. In his hands, the story of 1917 – the epic story of revolution – is a concatenation of adventures, hopes, betrayals, war and intrigue, tragedy, of epochal ambitions and change, of glaring lights, steel, shadows. Of trains and tracks not taken…

What pathways of possibility – and failure – were opened up by the radical rupture of 1917?

In conversation with Laleh Khalili, Miéville explores a century of revolution to map connections and constellations between different times and places: from the Algerian Revolution and decolonial struggles, to the liberatory impulse of the Arab Uprisings and the potentiality of popular movements today.

China Miéville is the multi-award-winning author of many works of fiction and non-fiction. His fiction includes The City and the CityEmbassytown and This Census-Taker, and has won the Hugo, World Fantasy and Arthur C. Clarke awards; his non-fiction includes the photo-illustrated essay London’s Overthrow and Between Equal Rights: A Marxist Theory of International Law. He has written for various publications, including the New York TimesGuardianConjunctions and Granta and he is a founding editor of the quarterly Salvage.

Laleh Khalili is a professor of Middle East politics at SOAS, University of London and the author of Heroes and Martyrs of Palestine (Cambridge) and Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies (Stanford). Her Sinews of War and Trade on the politics of logistics and maritime transport infrastructures in the Middle East is forthcoming with Verso.

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Standard - £6.00
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6.30pm – 8.00pm

London: Waterstones Gower Street

82 Gower Street
London, WC1E 6EQ United Kingdom

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