Welcome to Bookmarker!

This is a personal project by @dellsystem. I built this to help me retain information from the books I'm reading.

Source code on GitHub (MIT license).

198

August: Exile and Conspiracy

4
terms
1
notes

Miéville, C. (2017). August: Exile and Conspiracy. In Miéville, C. October: The Story of the Russian Revolution. Verso, pp. 198-235

fond of sensuous luxury or pleasure; self-indulgent (derives from the Greek city Sybaris)

198

Long days, warm orgiastic nights. A sybariticism for the end of a world.

—p.198 by China Miéville
notable
2 years, 11 months ago

Long days, warm orgiastic nights. A sybariticism for the end of a world.

—p.198 by China Miéville
notable
2 years, 11 months ago

(verb) to win over by wiles; entice / (verb) to acquire by ingenuity or flattery; wangle

207

had at the start of the war inveigled royal permission to join the army

—p.207 by China Miéville
notable
2 years, 11 months ago

had at the start of the war inveigled royal permission to join the army

—p.207 by China Miéville
notable
2 years, 11 months ago
209

Troops radicalised or gave up hope or both in the grinding war. They wrote bitter, raging letters now to the country’s leaders. One soldier, Kuchlavok, and his regiment sent Izvestia a long, near-glossolalic sermon of despair that their revolution had been in vain, a deflected apocalypse, catastrophe without renewal.

Now another Saviour of the world must be born, to save the people from all the calamities in the making here on earth and to put an end to these bloody days, so that no beast of any kind living on the earth created not by princes and rulers but by God-given nature is wiped out, for God is an invisible being inhabiting whoever possesses a conscience and tells us to live in friendship, but no there are evil people who sow strife among us and poison us one against another pushing us to murder, who wish for others what they would not wish for themselves … They used to say that the war was foisted off on us by Nicholas. Nicholas has been overthrown, so who is foisting the war on us now?

—p.209 by China Miéville 2 years, 11 months ago

Troops radicalised or gave up hope or both in the grinding war. They wrote bitter, raging letters now to the country’s leaders. One soldier, Kuchlavok, and his regiment sent Izvestia a long, near-glossolalic sermon of despair that their revolution had been in vain, a deflected apocalypse, catastrophe without renewal.

Now another Saviour of the world must be born, to save the people from all the calamities in the making here on earth and to put an end to these bloody days, so that no beast of any kind living on the earth created not by princes and rulers but by God-given nature is wiped out, for God is an invisible being inhabiting whoever possesses a conscience and tells us to live in friendship, but no there are evil people who sow strife among us and poison us one against another pushing us to murder, who wish for others what they would not wish for themselves … They used to say that the war was foisted off on us by Nicholas. Nicholas has been overthrown, so who is foisting the war on us now?

—p.209 by China Miéville 2 years, 11 months ago

in total

223

The Bolsheviks took the hardest line: that the Provisional Government in toto could not be trusted

—p.223 by China Miéville
notable
2 years, 11 months ago

The Bolsheviks took the hardest line: that the Provisional Government in toto could not be trusted

—p.223 by China Miéville
notable
2 years, 11 months ago

(adjective) marked by a tendency in favor of a particular point of view; biased

231

‘Without firing a single shot we were victorious,’ Kerensky wrote, ten years later. The ‘we’ was breathtakingly tendentious.

on the Kornilov revolt

—p.231 by China Miéville
notable
2 years, 11 months ago

‘Without firing a single shot we were victorious,’ Kerensky wrote, ten years later. The ‘we’ was breathtakingly tendentious.

on the Kornilov revolt

—p.231 by China Miéville
notable
2 years, 11 months ago