The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression has generated a surge of interest in Marx’s work.
Verso has a collection of key works by some of the most respected scholars to guide the reader through Marx.
Paperback – 2010 – 320 pages – £10.99 – 9781844673599
For nearly forty years, David Harvey has written and lectured on Capital, becoming one of the world’s foremost Marx scholars. Based on his recent lectures, this current volume aims to bring that depth of learning to a broader audience, guiding first-time readers through a fascinating and deeply rewarding text. A Companion to Marx’s Capital offers fresh, original and sometimes critical interpretations of a book that changed the course of history and, as Harvey intimates, may do so again.
“David Harvey provoked a revolution in his field and has inspired a generation of radical intellectuals. Read this book.” – Naomi Klein
The Philosophy of Marx by Etienne Balibar
Paperback – 2007 – 144 pages – £9.99 – 9781844671978
An excellent introduction to Marx’s thought from a major French philosopher. Providing a lucid, succinct, and accessible introduction to Marx and his key followers, complete with pedagogical information for the student, Balibar makes the most difficult areas of theory easy to understand. Balibar examines all the key areas of Marx’s writings in their wider historical and theoretical context including the concepts of class struggle, ideology, humanism, progress, determinism, commodity fetishism, and the state. Suitable for the student and scholar in the humanities and social sciences, this will become the standard guide to Marx.
Reading Capital by Louis Althusser and Etienne Balibar
Paperback – 2009 – 384 pages – £6.99 – 9781844673476
A landmark of French thought, Reading Capital is no less than an attempt to topple the edifice of Western Marxism and rebuild it from the original foundations. Establishing a rigorous programme of “symptomatic reading” that cuts through the silences and lacunae of Capital to reveal its philosophical core, Louis Althusser interprets Marx’s structural analysis of production as a revolutionary break — the basis of a completely new science. Building on a series of Althusser’s conceptual innovations that includes “overdetermination” and “social formation,” Étienne Balibar explores the historical and structural facets of production as Marx understood them, scrutinizing many of the most fundamental points in Capital, as though for the first time.
“One reads his passionate study with attention, even excitement.” — Eric Hobsbawm, Times Literary Supplement
From Marxism to Post-Marxism? by Göran Therborn
Paperback – 2010 – 208 pages – £9.99 – 9781844676309
In this succinct and panoramic work—both stimulating for the specialist and accessible to the general reader—one of the world’s leading social theorists, Göran Therborn, tackles the question of the trajectory of Marxism in the twentieth century and its legacy for radical thought in the twenty-first.
“A finely tuned style of analysis and judgment.” Guardian
Paperback – 2000 – 210 pages – £18.00 – 9781859842546
Reissued in the year of the 150th anniversary of The Communist Manifesto, this classic biography of Karl Marx, complete with Gareth Stedman Jones’s poignant introduction, is unlike any other account of its subject. Including virtually every photograph in existence of Marx and his closest associates, and focusing as much on his private life as on his public persona and work, it provides an intimate portrait of the making of a complex intellectual the New Yorker recently dubbed “the next most influential thinker.”
“A work of painstaking scholarship consciously aimed at a wide readership.” — Economist
New release in February 2011!
by Fredric Jameson
Hardback – 2010 – 176 pages – £14.99 – 9781844674541
Representing Capital, Fredric Jameson’s first book-length engagement with Marx’s magnum opus, is a unique work of scholarship that records the progression of Marx’s thought as if it were a musical score. The textual landscape that emerges is the setting for paradoxes and contradictions that struggle toward resolution, giving rise to new antinomies and a new forward movement. These immense segments overlap each other to combine and develop on new levels in the same way that capital itself does, stumbling against obstacles that it overcomes by progressive expansions, which are in themselves so many leaps into the unknown.
“Fredric Jameson is America’s leading Marxist critic. A prodigiously energetic thinker whose writings sweep majestically from Sophocles to science fiction.” Terry Eagleton