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February: Joyful Tears

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Miéville, C. (2017). February: Joyful Tears. In Miéville, C. October: The Story of the Russian Revolution. Verso, pp. 39-65

(adjective) of, relating to, or constituting a portent / (adjective) eliciting amazement or wonder; prodigious / (adjective) being a grave or serious matter / (adjective) self-consciously solemn or important; pompous / (adjective) ponderously excessive

40

In a portent to which they did not pay adequate attention, police reported that watching soldiers cheered the workers’ red banners

—p.40 by China Miéville
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1 year, 11 months ago

In a portent to which they did not pay adequate attention, police reported that watching soldiers cheered the workers’ red banners

—p.40 by China Miéville
notable
1 year, 11 months ago

atone for (guilt or sin)

48

had shot demonstrators, and had spent the night gathered in their barracks in a long session of self-recrimination. Now its men confronted their captain, Lashkevitch, and declared expiatory mutiny. They would not, they told him, shoot again

—p.48 by China Miéville
notable
1 year, 11 months ago

had shot demonstrators, and had spent the night gathered in their barracks in a long session of self-recrimination. Now its men confronted their captain, Lashkevitch, and declared expiatory mutiny. They would not, they told him, shoot again

—p.48 by China Miéville
notable
1 year, 11 months ago
49

Peremptorily, Lashkevitch read out the tsar’s command to restore order. Once, perhaps, that might have persuaded them to submit. Now it was a provocation. There was a scuffle, shouts, alarm. Someone in the crowd of soldiers raised a weapon. Or perhaps, it has even been suggested, Lashkevitch raised his own gun in a panic and turned it on himself. Wherever it came from, a sudden shot sounded. The soldiers stared as the captain fell.

Something died with him. A hesitation.

The Volinsky soldiers roused the Litovsky and Preobrazhensky regiments from their barracks nearby. Officers from the Moscow regiment struggled to assert command. They were overpowered. The soldiers headed out into the city for the Vyborg district. This time it was they who sought to fraternise with the workers.

Under the gun-grey skies, the streets of Petrograd began to rage.

such a cool scene + writing

also makes me realise just how much Night Watch was inspired by this (all the soldiers refusing to shoot on civilians, etc)

—p.49 by China Miéville 1 year, 11 months ago

Peremptorily, Lashkevitch read out the tsar’s command to restore order. Once, perhaps, that might have persuaded them to submit. Now it was a provocation. There was a scuffle, shouts, alarm. Someone in the crowd of soldiers raised a weapon. Or perhaps, it has even been suggested, Lashkevitch raised his own gun in a panic and turned it on himself. Wherever it came from, a sudden shot sounded. The soldiers stared as the captain fell.

Something died with him. A hesitation.

The Volinsky soldiers roused the Litovsky and Preobrazhensky regiments from their barracks nearby. Officers from the Moscow regiment struggled to assert command. They were overpowered. The soldiers headed out into the city for the Vyborg district. This time it was they who sought to fraternise with the workers.

Under the gun-grey skies, the streets of Petrograd began to rage.

such a cool scene + writing

also makes me realise just how much Night Watch was inspired by this (all the soldiers refusing to shoot on civilians, etc)

—p.49 by China Miéville 1 year, 11 months ago

unable to be resisted or avoided; inescapable

50

What they shared was a certainty that change, a revolution, was necessary, and ineluctable. They were in a new city, in eruption, on Red Monday. The old law was dying, the new not yet decided.

—p.50 by China Miéville
notable
1 year, 11 months ago

What they shared was a certainty that change, a revolution, was necessary, and ineluctable. They were in a new city, in eruption, on Red Monday. The old law was dying, the new not yet decided.

—p.50 by China Miéville
notable
1 year, 11 months ago

just begun and so not fully formed or developed; rudimentary

58

most on the nascent Soviet commission had an analysis and sense that history was not yet theirs. That in this context there were, must be, limitations to and necessary brakes on their own role, their own power. As yet inchoate, this would be the start of a strange strain of self-limiting politics.

re: Kerensky's speech asking them to accept the power of the Duma Commission

—p.58 by China Miéville
notable
1 year, 11 months ago

most on the nascent Soviet commission had an analysis and sense that history was not yet theirs. That in this context there were, must be, limitations to and necessary brakes on their own role, their own power. As yet inchoate, this would be the start of a strange strain of self-limiting politics.

re: Kerensky's speech asking them to accept the power of the Duma Commission

—p.58 by China Miéville
notable
1 year, 11 months ago

(adjective) very hot; burning / (adjective) marked by often extreme fervor

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In he came, tense but confident, holding the attention of the room with a fervid speech begging the Soviet to acquiesce to this coalition

Kerensky

—p.58 by China Miéville
notable
1 year, 11 months ago

In he came, tense but confident, holding the attention of the room with a fervid speech begging the Soviet to acquiesce to this coalition

Kerensky

—p.58 by China Miéville
notable
1 year, 11 months ago