A Spectre, Haunting: On the Communist Manifesto
China Mi ville's strikingly imaginative new introduction to the Communist Manifesto offers both a critical appraisal and a spirited defense of the modern world's most influential political document.
Few written works can so confidently claim to have shaped the course of history as Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels's Manifesto of the Communist Party. Since first rattling the gates of the ruling order in 1848, this incendiary pamphlet has never ceased providing fuel for the fire in the hearts of those who dream of a better world. Nor has it stopped haunting the nightmares of those who sit atop the vastly unequal social system it condemns.
Mi ville provides readers with a guide to understanding the Manifesto and the many specters it has conjured. Through his unique and unorthodox reading, Mi ville offers a spirited defense of the enduring relevance of Marx and Engels' ideas.
Presented along with the full text of the Communist Manifesto, Mi ville's guide has something to offer first-time readers, revolutionary partisans, and even the most hard-nosed skeptics.
About the Author
China Miéville is the multi-award-winning author of many works of fiction and non-fiction. His fiction includes The City and the City, Embassytown and This Census-Taker. He has won the Hugo, World Fantasy, and Arthur C. Clarke awards. His non-fiction includes the photo-illustrated essay London's Overthrow, Between Equal Rights, a study of international law, and the narrative history of the Russian Revolution, October. He has written for various publications, including the New York Times, Guardian, Conjunctions and Granta, and he is a founding editor of Salvage.