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'Capital is dead labour which, vampire-like, lives only by suckng living labour' Karl Marx, Das Kapital


"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it," wrote Karl Marx in 1845. This is the essence of "Das Kapital", a blazing expose of the new capitalist world of the Victorian era, whose ideas would affect the lives of millions, and alter the course of world history.

In vivid detail, Francis Wheen tells the story of Marx's twenty-year fight to complete his unfinished masterpiece. "Das Kapital" was born in a two-room flat in Soho amid political squabbles and personal tragedy. The first volume was published in 1867, to muted praise, but, after Marx's death, went on to influence thinkers, writers and revolutionaries, from George Bernard Shaw to Lenin.

Wheen's brilliant and accessible book shows that, far from being a dry economic treatise, "Das Kapital" is like a vast Gothic novel, whose heroes are enslaved by the monster they created: capitalism. Furthermore, Wheen argues, as long as capitalism endures, "Das Kapital" demands to be read and understood.

 

"As gripping and readable as a first-rate thriller" A.C.Grayling The Times 

"Exhilarating ..." Adam Sisman, Sunday Telegraph

"A splendid little volume" Jonathan Derbyshire, Time Out 

 Read Christopher Hitchens's review in The Atlantic, April 2009  "He's Back: the current financial crisis and the enduring relevance of Marx"

 

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