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A Spectre Haunting Europe
04 Nov 2021 * HARDBACK * £18.99 * 9781786692030

A reading of the modern world's most controversial and enduring political document: the Communist Manifesto.

Non Fiction / HBLL (Modern History)
Extent: 320 pages  Format: 228 x 145 mm
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A Spectre Haunting Europeby China Mieville

The great writer of 'weird fiction' gives us his brilliant reading of the modern world's most controversial and enduring political document.

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 Mieville 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.

China Mieville has received numerous awards for his writing, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award (three times), the British Fantasy Award (twice), and the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (four times). His novels include Perdido Street Station, King Rat, Un Lun Dun, The City & The City, Railsea and The Last Days of New Paris. He has also written a narrative history of the Bolshevik Revolution, October.

Mieville is an established author and has previously won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the British Fantasy Award and the Locus Award for his fiction.

A book about one of the most influencial political tracts ever written.

Full text of the Communist Manifesto will be reproduced in the book.

MARKET: Owen Jones; Yanis Varoufakis; Naomi Klein; Ha-Joon Chang; Thomas Piketty; Adam Tooze.

'You can't talk about Mieville without using the word "brilliant"' Guardian.
'One of our most important writers' Independent.
'Mieville is gifted with an incomparable visionary imagination' Financial Times.
'Mieville is regarded as one of the most interesting and freakishly gifted writers of his generation'
Daily Telegraph

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