China MiÃ©ville’s brilliant reading of the modern world’s most controversial and enduring political document: the Communist Manifesto.
In 1848 a strange political tract was published by two emigres from Germany. Marx and Engels’s apocalyptic vision of an insatiable system that penetrates every corner of the world, reduces every relationship to that of profit, and bursts asunder the old forms of production and of politics, is still a picture of a recognisable world, our world, and the vampiric energy of the system is once again highly contentious.
The Manifesto is a text that shows no sign of fading into antiquarian obscurity. Its ideas animate in different ways the work of writers like Yanis Varoufakis, Adam Tooze, Naomi Klein and the journalist Owen Jones.
China MiÃ©ville is not a writer who has been hemmed in by conventional notions of expertise or genre, and this is a strikingly imaginative take on Marx and what his most haunting book has to say to us today.
This is a book haunted by ghosts, sorcery and creative destruction.