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Pages: 1152

Language: English

Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (6 Dec. 1990)

By: Karl Marx(Author) Ernest Mandel(Introduction) Ben Fowkes(Translator)

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A landmark work in the understanding of capitalism, bourgeois society and the economics of class conflict, Karl Marx's Capital is translated by Ben Fowkes with an introduction by Ernest Mandel in Penguin Classics.

One of the most notorious works of modern times, as well as one of the most influential, Capital is an incisive critique of private property and the social relations it generates. Living in exile in England, where this work was largely written, Marx drew on a wide-ranging knowledge of its society to support his analysis and generate fresh insights. Arguing that capitalism would create an ever-increasing division in wealth and welfare, he predicted its abolition and replacement by a system with common ownership of the means of production. Capital rapidly acquired readership among the leaders of social democratic parties, particularly in Russia and Germany, and ultimately throughout the world, to become a work described by Marx's friend and collaborator Friedrich Engels as 'the Bible of the Working Class'

In his introduction, Ernest Mandel illuminates a revolutionary theory whose impact on the turbulent events of the twentieth century has become ever more apparent.

Karl Marx (1818-1883) was born in Trier, Germany and studied law at Bonn and Berlin. In 1848, with Freidrich Engels, he finalized the Communist Manifesto. He settled in London, where he studied economics and wrote the first volume of his major work, Das Kapital (1867, with two further volumes in 1884 and 1894). He is buried in Highgate Cemetery, London.

If you enjoyed Capital, you might like Marx and Engels' The Communist Manifesto, also available in Penguin Classics.

Capital, one of Marx's major and most influential works, was the product of thirty years close study of the capitalist mode of production in England, the most advanced industrial society of his day. This new translation of Volume One, the only volume to be completed and edited by Marx himself, avoids some of the mistakes that have marred earlier versions and seeks to do justice to the literary qualities of the work. The introduction is by Ernest Mandel, author of Late Capitalism, one of the only comprehensive attempts to develop the theoretical legacy of Capital. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Customer reviews:

  • By Sina on 18 December 2015

    Among various translations of Das Kapital, Penguin's edition is the best. Enough to say that David Harvey has been using use for his courses on Capitalism over many years.

  • By C. Peacock on 14 February 2013

    This kindle version, aside from being a really great translation, is so frustrating as it has no page numbers! How are you supposed to reference from it?This keeps happening with the kindle books i purchase and their customer support services have been useless.But the book is great.

  • By chewy on 13 January 2017

    A really hard read.

  • By Colin Flavin on 29 December 2014

    always wanted to read this, listening to the David Harvey online lectures at the same time... awesome

  • By Mr M Lunt on 6 November 2014

    no-one tells it like Karl!

  • By Mr. R. Farr on 27 December 2014

    Buy it in print. DON'T buy the Kindle version! It's littered with errors that make the text incomprehensible. For example, on page 126 of the print edition:"When examining use-values, we always assume we are dealing with definite quantities, such as dozens of watches, yards of linen or tons of iron. The use value of commodities provide the material for a special branch of knowledge, namely the commercial knowledge of commodities."On the Kindle edition, this has been rendered as:"When examining use-values, we always assume we are dealing with definite qualities, such as dozens of commodities provide the material for a special branch of knowledge, namely the commercial knowledge of commodities."Added to that, as has already been pointed out, there are no page numbers. If any book needs page numbers it's Capital.Great book, was a great translation until they digitized it and ruined it.

  • By N.Fred on 16 June 2014

    What can you say about such a book? I spent at least six months reading it, it's not an easy one, but that said, it isn't as cryptic as many people seem to think. If you have, like myself, been working for wages your whole life, then you'll find countless things here you already know to be true in life (in the capitalist society), although you probably haven't been able to put your finger on them by yourself. Marx was writing to workers, he wanted Capital to be used as a manual in the struggle to free the proletariat. It's something completely different than what I expected the book be, and in a very positive sense so. As a companion to reading this, I heartily recommend David Harvey's "Reading Marx's Capital", it's provides insight to the more difficult passages, as well as providing historical and political background.And the translation is really, really good and readable. I'm a native Finn, and I tried reading the Capital in Finnish at first, but the Finnish translation was so bad and felt so cryptic, that I changed to this Penguin Classics edition, and it's true: it read a lot better than the one in my native language! I also have researched into the translation's critical quality, and have learned from many very respected sources that it's supposed to be very good, too.

  • By Aly Gator on 17 February 2009

    Having never read Karl Marx but heard him quoted; usually in a derogative way I thought that I should find out what he said for myself.The downside of Marx is that he over explains to the point of sometimes stupifying the reader and never uses one word when six will do!!The up side more than makes up for it and if you can persevere, given the current climate his writings are almost prophetic in several major and aposite ways.I was surprised to find that he was not particularly political in the way that he is usually portrayed and was writing very specifically about the future of industrial capitalism as it was practised in America and the uk. No wonder the "masters of the universe" both then and now sought to shut him up by demonising him; they may have been rumbled before they made a packet otherwise! I don't agree with everything Marx wrote, but I do believe that his ideas should be more widely debated than they are. This was an excellent book for adding to my world perspective and I can thoroughly recommend it.

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