Marx Turns 200: A Mixed Gift
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/09/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23405
A mixed but detailed review of a biography of Karl Marx. The author likes the Life material but has problems with the treament of the Works.
A World to Win
The Life and Works of Karl Marx
By Sven-Eric Liedman
Translated by Jeffrey N. Skinner
Part of the Marx 200 series
Verso Books, 2018, 768 pages, $40 hardcover.
AMID AN OUTPOURING of discussion and new works marking the bicentennial of Karl Marx, Sven-Eric Liedmans imposing A World to Win. The Life and Works of Karl Marx is a mixed offering. The "life" part is a success; the "works" portion is not....
Liedman makes many good points. He underlines the importance of Marx's articles for the New York Tribune. He unearths a letter in which Marx, as volume one of Capital neared publication, seems to compare himself to the painter Frenhofer in Balzac's story "The Unknown Masterpiece:" In his desire to portray his model not statically, but in her living, ever-shifting reality, Frenhofer creates an image which others find incomprehensible.