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Karl Marx: A LifeExistem Centenas De Livros Sobre Marx, Na Sua Maioria Escritos Por Acad Micos E Puristas Que Acham Uma Blasf Mia Trat Lo Como Um Vulgar Homem De Carne E Osso Neles, O Fil Sofo Aparece Sempre Como Uma Esp Cie De Divindade Intoc Vel S O Tamb M Muitas As Biografias Publicadas At Hoje, Mas Os Aspectos Mais Importantes Da Sua Vida Nunca Foram Realmente Tratados Neste Livro, Francis Wheen D A Conhecer, Pela Primeira Vez, Marx O Fil Sofo, Mas Sempre Na Perspectiva De Marx O Homem, Com Os Seus Desgostos, As Suas Alegrias, Os Seus Desejos O Pensador Nos Descrito Numa Narrativa Muito Fluida Como Um Ser Brilhante E Fr Gil, Pobre E Burgu S, Cavalheiro E Agitador, Social E Jovial, Amigo Do Seu Amigo, Homem Devotado Fam Lia Mas Que Engravidou A Criada, Amante De Bebidas, Charutos E Anedotas Marx Al M De Um Ser Brilhante Fil Sofo Foi Antes De Mais Um Homem.

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    It s strange but arguably true millions of people died in Siberia because a philosopher in London had carbuncles on his ass Chaos theory now makes a little sense to me.In a famous riff on Hegel, Marx once said that history repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce Marx s own biography suggests a different sequence His life was a grubby, shambolic farce that somehow gave birth to a world historic tragedy Francis Wheen, the author of this generally excellent biography, snidely pooh poohs the idea that Marx bears any responsibility for the Gulag, but this seems as na ve as the reductionism it was meant to counter If Stalinism was a misreading of Marx, it was at least a plausible misreading It can t be a coincidence that every communist regime in history got Marx wrong in exactly the same way.But, okay, Marx himself was no monster, and Wheen does a good job of humanizing the old bogeyman almost too good a job, actually his Marx is not just human, but hilariously, embarrassingly, disastrously human For the first two thirds of the book, Marx comes across as a bit of a loser, a schlemiel living in rented rooms, shamelessly sponging off rich relatives and his good buddy Engels, refusing to get a real job, cowering in his study while his wife turned away creditors, fathering children with grim Victorian persistence including one with the housekeeper , lancing the aforementioned carbuncles wit...


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    This boils and all biography gives a vivid picture of Marx suffering from boils, smoking cheap cigars apparently he fell in love with a shop with particularly cheap cigars whose advertising said the you smoke, the you save , revealing the man with bad handwriting which prevents him from getting a job as a clerk with a railway company , who suffered from boils, cadging money off Engels and engaging in bitter correspondence wars with lesser left wing thinkers who no doubt lacked his own rich assortment of boils However I didn t get a sense of Marx s intellectual development or of his thinking from this book In that respect this is very much a book of its time after 1989, when the spirit of the end of history moved upon the face of the waters, but before the financial crash of 2008 and that niggling sense that there might be some...


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    Francis Wheen s aim with this book was to write a general book about Karl Marx for the intelligent reader Francis Wheen gives a clear explanation of all of Marx s works but spends as much time on the man himself, his contemporaries and his relationships I came away from this entertaining, interesting book with a good feel for his life and times the boils on his bum, the numerous creditors, his ingrained procrastination, numerous fallings out with socialist rivals, his wife, his children etc across his turbulent, chaotic but compelling life Born in the Rhineland city of Trier, Marx couldn t wait to escape this tedious backwater, to the extent that he didn t even return to attend his father s funeral Thus started a roving life until, after the unsuccessful European revolutions of 1848, and having been made unwelcome in Germany and Belgium, he pitched up in London, the last refuge of the rootless revolutionary where he lived in Dickensian poverty with bailiffs at his doorHelpfully, his friend Engels, a great cotton Lord and kind of secret agent behind enemy lines, sent him money to keep him afloat for years It was only Marx s desire to keep up bourgeoise appearances that meant he was permanent spending than he could afford including, hilariously, for a period, a preening, libidinous and incompetent private secretary, and only because he thought it app...


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    Francis Wheen does for Marx what Safranski did for Schopenhauer The wild years of philosophy are not over in this book It s actually brilliant, especially considering the tons of bullshit that have been said and written about Marx in recent years Sometimes you find yourself missing the good old ...


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    Here is one view on Marx and his influence here is another Wheen concentrates on Marx the man, not the theorist, so includes plenty of details of his life along with what he was thinking, studying and writing about through the years As the author points out, there are a lot of books giving detailed critiques of Marxist theory and no need for yet another Marx himself also wrote a lot, some of which has only been published relatively recently.Francis Wheen has obviously read quite a lot of Marx s writings himself and his selective quotes are often both illuminating and amusing, particularly from letters The approach is light and anecdotal, but not lacking in scholarship which some of the reviews concentrating on Marx s attacks of boils might lead one to believe He gives a rounded picture of Marx the man and Marx the thinker, and debunks a few myths along the way Marx s family and friends, collaborators and opponents also fea...


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    Demonized and reviled by mythology posing as fact, the hirsute Prussian emigre has suffered badly at the hands of History Wheen reclaims Marx from the totalitarians and capitalists who used and abused him It reads like an adventure novel the prose is immaculate and very, very funny Wheen goes against the grain by showing how Marx correctly predicted the major events of the 20th Century It is pleasing to know that Marx, who understood the workings of capital than any other,...


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    We always heard that Marx was a humorless drudge, the equivalent of a computer geek, slaving away in the British Museum Reading Room Nonsense He was a merry one, or at least as merry as one could be having been born in dreary Trier, Germany.He was a dynamite speaker, especially when there was a brouhaha amongst his fellow rabble rousers, as there usually was He could round up the troops, get anything he wanted passed when he was running, say, the International Working Men s Association.And he was wonderful at insults Arnold Ruge, he said,stands in the German revolution like the notices seen at the corner of certain streets It is permitted to pass water here Rudolf Schramm A rowdy, loudmouthed and extremely confused little mannequin whose life motto came from Rameau s Nephew I would rather be an impudent windbag than nothing at all.After he started Das Kapital, he was forever and a day promising to deliver the manuscript to the publishers, forever and a day putting it off He had bad liver, pains here and there, and boils so terrible that he often couldn t sit to wo...


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    Kindlasti kasulik lugemine, m istmaks 20 sajandit enim m jutanud filosoofi elu ja kujunemislugu That said, oli see veidikene kuiv ja igav lugemine minu jaoks.


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    A typically precocious and enjoyable romp from one of Grub Street s real intellectuals Hugely entertaining and readable When Wheen started the book in 1997 he provocatively chose the least seemingly fashionable or relevant topic possible now, as throughout histo...

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