Marx, Dead and Alive: Reading Capital in Precarious Times (Paperback)

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A contemporary interrogation of Marx's masterwork

Karl Marx saw the ruling class as a sorcerer, no longer able to control the ominous powers it has summoned from the netherworld. Today, in an age spawning the likes of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, our society has never before been governed by so many conjuring tricks, with collusions and conspiracies, fake news and endless sleights of the economic and political hand. And yet, contends Andy Merrifield, as our modern lives become ever more mist-enveloped, the works of Marx can help us penetrate the fog.

In Marx, Dead and Alive--a book that begins and ends beside Marx's recently violated London graveside--Merrifield makes a spirited case for a critical thinker who can still offer people a route toward personal and social authenticity. Bolstering his argument with fascinating examples of literature and history, from Shakespeare and Beckett, to the Luddites and the Black Panthers, Merrifield demonstrates how Marx can reveal our individual lives to us within a collective perspective--and within a historical continuum. Who we are now hinges on who we once were--and who we might become. This, at a time when our value-system is undergoing core "post-truth" meltdown.

About the Author


ANDY MERRIFIELD is an independent scholar and author of a dozen books, as well as numerousarticles, essays and reviews appearing in Monthly Review, The Nation, Harper's Magazine, NewLeft Review, The Guardian, Literary Hub, Jacobin, and Dissent. He is a prolific writer abouturbanism, political theory and literature, with titles credited to him including DialecticalUrbanism (Monthly Review Press), The New Urban Question, and Magical Marxism. He has alsopublished three intellectual biographies, of Henri Lefebvre, Guy Debord, and John Berger, apopular existential travelogue, The Wisdom of Donkeys, a manifesto for liberated living, TheAmateur, together with a memoir about cities and love, inspired by Raymond Carver's shortstories, called What We Talk About When We Talk About Cities (and Love).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781583678794
ISBN-10: 1583678794
Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Publication Date: November 30th, 2020
Pages: 192
Language: English