Communist manifesto a graphic novel
The Communist Manifesto: A Graphic Novel by Martin RowsonPublished 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.
The Communist Manifesto : A Graphic Novel
K arl Marx and I go back a long way. Like a lot of children growing up in the s, I was obsessed with the Soviet Union and its unreachable otherness. As I grew older, the obsession continued. At about 15, I finally read The Communist Manifesto and it made complete sense. I instantly got the Dialectic, the inexorable, tectonic grindings of All History Hitherto, the Class Conflict and all the stuff about the inevitability of the ultimate victory of the downtrodden over their oppressors. Parts of it are very funny.
The second bestselling book ever written, The Communist Manifesto, has had an enormous impact on millions of people around the world. Pithy, powerful, packed with striking verbal images and agitational passion to back its historical and economic analysis, it is a brilliant place for anyone wanting to start not just understanding the world we live in, but also fighting to change it. And, despite being written over one long weekend, it has helped inspire and guide struggles spanning three centuries. Many of us could say the same thing. After years, it still speaks directly and potently to young people today. The first part of the book is reimagined as a lecture delivered by the bearded authors as they amble though a nightmarish landscape which gives form to the hellish existence created for the masses by the system the authors describe. Out of control machines dominate human beings, sucking them in, grinding them down and spitting them out as powerless profit.
Rowson celebrates and critiques the ideas that Marx and Freidrich Engels put to paper at the behest of the Communist League—while honing in on the parts of the Manifesto that waver when held up for closer inspection. But at the same time, Rowson envisions capitalism as something more mutable and dynamic than just an intricate system of cogs. At times capitalism is a literal instrument of violence that the bourgeois use to torture the working classes. But Rowson also unpacks the ways in which capitalism can breed a system of beliefs that reinforce the idea that it is the only way that a society can successfully function. But in summoning an unholy power to achieve their goals, both Marx and Rowson make the argument that staunch proponents of pure capitalism have inadvertently laid the groundwork for their destruction.