Marx's Das Kapital

Marx's Das Kapital

A Biography

By Francis Wheen

Grove Press, Paperback, 9780802143945, 130pp.

Publication Date: November 2008

In vivid detail, Francis Wheen tells the story of "Das Kapital" and Karl Marx's twenty-year struggle to complete his unfinished masterpiece. Born in a two-room flat in London's Soho amid political squabbles and personal tragedy, the first volume of "Das Kapital" was published in 1867, to muted praise. But after Marx's death, the book went on to influence thinkers, writers, and revolutionaries, from George Bernard Shaw to V. I. Lenin, changing the direction of twentieth-century history. Wheen's captivating, 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.

About the Author
Francis Wheen is an award-winning columnist for The Guardian in London, and the deputy editor of Private Eye.