12 May 2017
Award-winning fiction writer China Miéville leads a discussion on the portents and possibilities of revolution
China Miéville’s new book October: The Story of the Russian Revolution opens a window onto a century of revolution. The Russian Revolution was a blast in the continuum of history that gave way to huge political and social transformations, introducing extraordinary change from radical aesthetics to a new Soviet calendar. The award-winning author is joined by Esther Leslie, Professor in Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck, and Owen Hatherley, author of The Ministry of Nostalgia and Landscapes of Communism, to explore the revolutionary concept of history as theorised by Walter Benjamin, speculative storytelling and what the Russian Revolution might tell us about contemporary moments of crisis.
Image: El Lissitzky, 10. New Man 1923, Tate