The Communist Manifesto
Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Martin Rowson
Published in 1848, at a time of political upheaval in Europe, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’s Manifesto for the Communist Party was at once a powerful critique of capitalism and a radical call to arms. It remains the most incisive introduction to the ideas of Communism and the most lucid explanation of its aims. Much of what it proposed continues to be at the heart of political debate into the 21st century. It is no surprise, perhaps, that The Communist Manifesto (as it was later renamed) is the second bestselling book of all time, surpassed only by the Bible.
The Guardian’s editorial cartoonist Martin Rowson employs his trademark draftsmanship and wit to this lively graphic novel adaptation. Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth, The Communist Manifesto is both a timely reminder of the politics of hope and a thought-provoking guide to the most influential work of political theory ever published.
Martin Rowson is a multi-award winning cartoonist and writer whose work has appeared regularly over the past 30 years in The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Mirror, The Independent on Sunday, The Irish Times, Time Out, Tribune, The Spectator, The New Statesman, Morning Star, The Daily Express and many other papers & periodicals. His books include graphic novelizations of The Waste Land, Tristram Shandy, and Gulliver’s Travels, while Stuff, his memoir about clearing out his late parents’ house, was long-listed for the 2007 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.
Formerly Ken Livingstone’s Cartoonist Laureate for London (in return for one pint of London Pride ale per annum, still 6 years in arrears), Rowson is also the vice-president of the Zoological Society of London. He and his wife live in southeast London and have two children in their 20s who drop round occasionally.
“…a jauntily irreverent but fundamentally serious take on a vastly influential political work.” Publishers Weekly
“The Manifesto’s always been a rather easy read and Rowson’s adaptation makes it even more accessible, but the graphic novel also serves as an all-too-timely reminder of just what kind of world we’re living in today.” Gizmodo
“An excellent overview of Marxism, a brilliant critique of capitalism, and a fine example of political cartooning that will be of interest to high school and university audiences. Highly recommended.”, Library Journal online
“As a literary work, the illustrations do justice to the marvelously compressed, yet sweeping, literary quality of Marx’s verbal imagery…” Boing Boing
|Format||Paperback / softback|
|Publication Date||3 May 2018|
|Illustrations||Black and White|
|Rights||Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Central & South America, Caribbean|