I forgot to come back here and write that i'd finished the boox. I thought it was a great story, and since reading it i have watched a documentary about Leon Trotsky. I think it has definitely increased my understanding of communism.
I found Malcolm Bradbury's introduction so boring it made me groan. I've never been much interested in politics. With a bit of luck, once i've read this fairy story i'll understand more about politics. I'm really enjoying the story, the first 5 chapters that i've read. I can sort of see it all falling apart any moment ... i'll keep reading to find out! :)