Karl Marx: A Life [Francis Wheen] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A brilliant book, by a superb author, about a necessary man. Francis Wheen’s biography of Marx, from which this is extracted, even the most devoted follower of Karl Marx will recognise the merit of Francis’s study. Karl Marx has ratings and 85 reviews. Ahmad said: Karl Marx, Francis Wheenتاریخ نخستین خوانش: هفتم مارس سال میلادیعنوان: کارل مارکس؛ نویسنده.

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Ultimately, mankind must be freed from the tyranny of all religions, Christianity included.

But a safe and cosy revolutionary is merely a new kind of mythologising. So instead of buying that unknown fdancis, I went looking for people who had read various lives and what they would recommend to read. No trivia or quizzes yet. Oct 02, John Mihelic rated it really liked it.

Wheen doesn’t leave it at brilliant descriptions of day-to-day life. What is the francia cult of the Jew? Wheen was born into an army family [1] and educated at two independent schools: He and Frederick Engels were a pair. When he delivered Das Kapital to his German publishing house, the manuscript had blood all over it. Jul 26, Revanth Ukkalam rated it it was amazing Shelves: Demonized and reviled by mythology posing as fact, the hirsute Prussian emigre has suffered badly at the hands of History.

View all 16 comments. He maxr his fellow socialists going as far as to call one of them a ‘nigger’ but well, he is an expert critic. Franxis is Victorian and of the bourgeois stock at francs. Want to Read saving…. It is pleasing to know that Marx, who understood the workings of capital more than any other, was as waste Demonized and reviled by mythology posing as fact, the hirsute Prussian emigre has suffered badly at the hands of History. The Wheen biography came up a lot.

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New revelations that Marx and Engels were funded by liquor smugglers? And he was wonderful at insults.

Biographical information

In this, as in the rest of the book, Wheen works his way through the life and works of Karl Marx as others have done before him. Don’t expect a critical engagement with Marxist theory wheeh anything franvis that. Log In Register for Online Access. He gives a rounded picture of Marx the man and Marx the thinker, and debunks a few myths along the way. You can tell the author has no agenda, he doesn’t push any “ideal” onto you he just tells you what happened and leaves the agenda pushing to the rest of us.

A Human Being

He is rough and shabby; but laconic in style and composure. He was a merry one, or at least as merry as one could be having been born in dreary Trier, Germany. He writes for Private Eye and is currently the magazine’s deputy editor. But I wonder whether presenting the thinker as a godless Job afflicted with boils and a taste for liquor is quite the best way to do the job.

He was married to the writer Joan Smith between and Never would you have guessed, in reading the customary word biographies of sociology textbooks, what an extraordinarily rowdy, diseased, hectic, painful, poverty-stricken life the man led.

It was only Marx’s desire to keep up bourgeoise appearances that meant he was permanent spending kzrl than he could afford including, hilariously, for a period, a preening, libidinous and incompetent private secretary, and only because he thought it appropriate for a man of his position to have one.

The deep friendship with Engels comes across without ever having to be underlined, plus there is a great dissection of self-styled ‘hero’ Bakunin. Marx, he would have us know, was an ironist.

I francos that the author may have been too sympathetic to Marx.

Now, it looks as if each generation is going to get the Karl Marx it deserves. Also, sad are the endings of all Marx’s children, with all the daughters that outlived him killing frzncis leaving Karl Marx ksrl any grandchildren. Written by an author of great repute. He seems to have some serious apprehensions about Karl Marx — but is unable to resist that fascinating thunderstorm of a character. In AprilWheen suffered the loss of his entire book collection, his “life’s work”, and an unfinished novel, in a garden shed fire.


Most of it isn’t. January non-fiction nomination idea. Why was the thought of this man, who karll his debt-ridden life sponging off his capitalist friend Engels, and who took years to write an unreadable book, so powerful as to change the kral of the Twentieth Century? Sometimes you find yourself missing the good old hagiography. Jul 25, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: We therefore recognise in Judaism the presence of a universal and contemporary anti-social element whose historical evolution — eagerly nurtured by the Jews in its harmful aspects — has arrived at its present peak, a peak at which it will inevitably disintegrate.

It is pleasing to know that Marx, who understood the workings of capital more than any other, was as wasteful with lucre as I. He let you see what Marx may kafl looked like to his wife Jenny, to his friend Engels and to a whole host of other characters, that I think what readers will really enjoy with this one is the authors ability to keep it all in perspective.

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His life was a paradox. Me, I like my radicals roaring. He could round up the dheen, get anything he wanted passed when he was running, say, the International Working Men’s Association. For the first two-thirds of the book, Marx comes across as a bit of a loser, a schlemiel: