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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.

A Companion to Marx’s Capital by David Harvey

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

Karl Mar x: An Illustrated History by Werner Blumenberg

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!

Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One

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

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See below some key Verso writers on understanding the issues around (and beyond – or against!) the general election.

Tony Wood: Good Riddance to New Labour – from NLR 62 Mar/Apr 2010

As the British general election approaches, a balance-sheet of New Labour’s thirteen years in office. The record of Blair and Brown—imperial wars abroad, subservience to the City at home—as so many reasons to cheer their downfall. Tony Wood is the author of Chechnya: The Case for Independence.

Broonland: The Last Days of Gordon Brown – Chris Harvie – Paperback Original – 9781844674398 –£8.99 – 2010 (March)

An essential anatomy of New Labour’s bankrupt policies and a caustic portrait of a decade that went from boom to bust. All you need to know about Gordon Brown’s rule.

Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed – Paul Mason – Paperback Original – 9781844673964 – £7.99 –

2009

The issue that will dominate the election and the reason for all those cuts – why did it happen?

“What people need is a reliable guide to the financial crisis … Meltdown is the book they are looking for.” — John Gray, New Statesman

A page turning account … Mason is refreshingly clear-eyed — and angry. — Will Hutton, Guardian

NHS Plc: The Privatisation of Our Health Care – Allyson Pollock –

Paperback – 9781844675395 – £9.99 – 2005

Another key election issue – what is the future of the NHS? Will we see more privatisation after the election?

“A rallying point for those against public-private partnerships, Pollock plays a powerful role as one of the few people to provide academic evidence to make the case for little or no private sector involvement in the public realm. Pollock is a fearsome critic of foundation hospitals, which she says will kill the NHS. Expect to hear lots more from her.” — Guardian

The Communist Manifesto: A Modern Edition – Marx & Engels, with an intro by Eric Hobsbawm – Hardback (gift format and size) – 9781859848982 – £9

Forget the party manifestoes – this is still the only one that counts!

“Every paragraph breaks over us like a wave that leaves us shaking from the impact and wet with thought. This prose evokes breathless momentum, plunging ahead without guides or maps, breaking all boundaries, precarious piling and layering of things, ideas and experiences.”— Marshall Berman, The Nation

First as Tragedy, Then as Farce – Slavoj Zizek – Paperback Original – 9781844674282 – £7.99 – 2009 (Autumn)

Slavoj Zizek writes a caustic epitaph for neoliberalism and speculates on the possibilites for a new communuism.

“Characteristically enjoyable development of his recent journalistic commentary … , which digs joyfully into the ideological cracks of the financial crisis.” — Steven Poole, Guardian

Hatred of Democracy – Jacques Ranciere – New in Paperback – 9781844673865 – £8.99 – 2009 (Autumn)

Ranciere reminds us of the power of the democratic idea and tears strips off those who seek to give it limits.

“This tastily sardonic essay is partly a scholarly sprint through the history of political philosophy, and partly a very enjoyable stream of insults drected to rival penseurs.” – Steven Poole, Guardian

The Left Alternative – Roberto Mangabeira Unger – Paperback – 9781844673704 – £7.99 – 2009 (Autumn)

Which way for the Left? Unger sets out a powerful manifesto.

“This book has influenced how I think and what I do. It sets out the principles for a future Left and crucially challenges us to think not just about how we spend revenues but how we might create them.” — Neal Lawson, Chair of Compass

The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat – Steven Lukes – New in Paperback – 9781844673698 – £7.99 – 2009 i(Autumn)

A wonderful Swiftian satire of the key political ideas of our age.

“A delightfully edifying comedy.” — Guardian

“This book is a box of delights, often wonderfully funny and always deliciously clever, a contemporary political satire to set among the best.” — New Statesman and Society

Putney Debates – The Levellers – introduced by Geoffrey Robertson – Paperback Original – 9781844671755 – £7.99 – 2007

Renowned human-rights lawyer and author Geoffrey Robertson makes a passionate argument for the relevance of the Levellers’ stand today, showing how they were the first Western radical democrats.

Storytelling: Bewitching the Modern Mind – Christian Salmon – Hardback – 9781844673919 – £14.99 – 2010 (March)

An essential guide to the spin doctors’ plans and how electoral campaigns become attempts to market political life as if it was an attractive narrative. An essential manual for seeing through the nonsense.

The New Old World – Perry Anderson – Hardback – 9781844673124 – £24.99 – 2010 (January)

Perry Anderson on the history of the European Union and discusses the possibilities for its future.

“This is a hugely ambitious and panoramic political book, of a sort rarely attempted in our era of quick leader biographies and reheated histories of the second world war.” — Andy Beckett, Guardian

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The Communist Hypothesis – Alain Badiou – Hardback – 9781844676002 – £12.99 – August 2010

Alain Badiou’s formulation of the “communist hypothesis” has traveled around the world since it was first aired in early 2008, in his book The Meaning of Sarkozy. The hypothesis is partly a demand to reconceptualize communism after the twin deaths of the Soviet Union and neoliberalism, but also a fresh demand for universal emancipation.

The Communist Postscript – Boris Groys – Hardback – 9781844674305 – £12.99 – 2010

Provocative essay on the relationship between communism, philosophy and language.

“Groys has claimed a defining role in the reception of the Russian avant-garde … The Communist Postscript presents Groys’s attempt to advocate the communist idea against its own historic assumptions.” — Radical Philosophy

The Meaning of Sarkozy – Alain Badiou – Hardback – 9781844673094 – £12.99 – 2008

A trenchant and witty dissection of the French political scene by the leading radical philosopher.

“Magnificently stirring (…) a characteristically lucid polemic from a philosopher who is far from willing to abandon humanity to the vicissitudes of so-called global capitalism.” — Mark Fisher, Frieze

“Enjoyably bilious.” — Steven Poole, Guardian

Polemics – Alain Badiou – Hardback – 9781844670895 – £17.99 – 2006

Polemics is a series of brilliant metapolitical reflections, demolishing established opinion and dominant propaganda, and reorienting our understanding of events from the Kosovo and Iraq wars to the Paris Commune and the Cultural Revolution.

“Badiou is by turns speculative, provocative—and droll.” Times Literary Supplement

Forthcoming:

The Idea of Communism – Edited by Slavoj Zizek and Costas Douzinas – Paperback – 9781844674596 – £14.99 – 2010

Contributors Slavoj Žižek, Alain Badiou, Antoni Negri, Michael Hardt,Jacques Rancière, Terry Eagleton, Jean-Luc Nancy, Susan Buck-Morss, Bruno Bosteels, Peter Hallward, Alberto Toscano, Wang Hui and others took part in a landmark conference in London on the idea of communism in 2009. This volume brings together their discussions on the philosophical and political import of the communist idea, highlighting both its continuing significance and the need to reconfigure the concept within a world marked by havoc and crisis.

For more information on this event and the ‘Communist Hypothesis’ see here.

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The Emancipated Spectator – Jacques Rancière – Hardback – 9781844673438 – £12.99 – 2010

The foremost philospher of art argues for a new politics of looking.

“Rancière’s work is to insist that artworks by their nature, present what is possible, rather than actual, in human subjectivity.” JJ Charlesworth, Art Review

Hatred of Democracy – Jaques Rancière – Paperback – 9781844673865 – £8.99 – 2009

A vehement defense of the principle of democracy against neoconservative repression.

“In our time of the disorientation of the left, Rancière’s writings offer on the few consistent conceptualizations of how are to continue to resist.” — Slavoj Zizek

The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, introduction by Eric Hobsbawm – Paperback – 9781859848982 – £8.00 – 1998

A modern edition on the 150th anniversary of the Manifesto.

“Every paragraph breaks over us like a wave that leaves us shaking from the impact and wet with thought. This prose evokes breathless momentum, plunging ahead without guides or maps, breaking all boundaries, precarious piling and layering of things, ideas and experiences.” Marshall Berman, The Nation

From Marxism to Post-Marxism? – Goran Therborn – Hardback – 9781844671885- £16.99 – 2009

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.This will become the essential appraisal of Marxism in the modern age.

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Three Verso publications are in the top 10 of New Stateman’s Red Reads: ’50 books that will change your life’:

Verso 1859848982 TheCommunistManifesto3. The Communist Manifesto

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (1848)

My wife Caroline put the Communist Manifesto in my Christmas stocking one year. I had never read it before and I found it offered the best possible explanation of what the world was about that I had ever read. It pointed out that the real conflicts in the world were not between black and white, men and women, Muslims, Christians and Jews, Americans, Russians and Chinese; it was about the conflict of economic interest between 95 per cent of the population of the world, who create the world’s wealth, and the 5 per cent who own it. I think of Marx as a prophet: the last of the Old Testament prophets. And we should think of him as a teacher. Many political leaders, such as Stalin, have tried to steal him, but he is immune to that, because ideas survive without requiring the endorsement of kings, emperors, dictators or presidents. Karl Marx discovered it all long before I did, and I am very grateful to him.
Tony Benn

Verso 9781844671762 Gospels4. The New Testament

If a man were to appear today who preached pacifism, who urged setting no store by status, told the wealthy to sell everything they have and give the proceeds to the poor, and freely associated with those whom respectable society regarded as outcasts, we would consider him a radical. The New Testament may have been (mis)used by churches to entrench privileged interests for centuries, but that should not conceal the revolutionary nature of Christ’s teachings – nor that it was precisely because he so upset a moneyed, conservative elite that he was crucified. Keir Hardie is just one of many left-wing politicians who have happily confessed that their convictions owed more to the New Testament than to any theoretical tract.

Verso 9781844673803 Rights of Man6. Rights of Man 
Thomas Paine (1791)

Rights of Man belongs to the left in several important ways. It was the first time in history that “rights” had been claimed by anyone but kings and noblemen: we owe the concept of “human rights” to Paine’s Promethean project of stealing the concept from the heavens and sharing it on earth. It is also an imperishable statement of the rights of the living over the claims of the dead, and in particular the claims of traditional, landed, aristocratic interests over the rising class of self-educated artisans. Read in conjunction with Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, to which it was originally written as a rebuttal, Paine’s essay is an indispensable political classic.

Like any worthwhile work, it contains some ironic and cautionary elements when read today. Paine was too optimistic about the French Revolution, to the “left wing” of which he eventually fell victim. He may have set out the first ever plan for a welfare state, but he was in general opposed to “big government”. Yet whenever and wherever people demand constitutional government and written guarantees of their liberties, they are seconding the motion that Paine first proposed.
Christopher Hitchens”

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The second Radical Thinkers question relates to Althusser and Balibar’s landmark of French thought: Reading Capital, which 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. Verso 9781844673476 Reading Capital small

The second question in our Radical Thinkers giveaway competition is:

Jacques Rancière famously broke with the thought of Louis Althusser in which essay?

UPDATE:

Entry to the competition for Radical Thinkers question 2  is now closed! The answer is:

La Leçon d’Althusser

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Marxism 2009: a festival of resistance is now underway. Running between 2-6 July at venues in central London, several Verso authors are speaking:

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Leo Panitch in the latest issue of Foreign Policy Magazine tells us why we need to resurrect Marx. Yes, you did read that correctly: in Foreign Policy Magazine.

Leo Panitch is the co-author of The End of Parliamentary Socialism: From New Left to New LaboVerso 978-1-85984-338-3 End of Parliamentary Socialismur.

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