A Spectre, Haunting

China Miéville


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Head of Zeus
11 May 2023
ISBN: 9781803289342
320 pages

From the publisher

The great writer of 'weird fiction' gives us his brilliant reading of the modern world's most controversial and enduring political document.

'It's thrilling to accompany Mieville... as he wrestles - in critical good faith and incandescent commitment - with a manifesto that still calls on us to build a new world' Naomi Klein

'Read this and be dazzled by its contemporaneity' Mike Davis

'A rich, luminous reflection of and on a light that never quite goes out' Andreas Malm

'Reading with [Mieville] today sharpens our senses to contemporary internationalist movements from below' Ruth Wilson Gilmore

'[Written] with diligence and a ruthlessly critical eye worthy of Marx himself' Sarah Jaffe

In 1848 a strange political tract was published by two emigres from Germany. Marx and Engels's apocalyptic vision of an insatiable system that penetrates every corner of the world, reduces every relationship to that of profit, and bursts asunder the old forms of production and of politics, is still a picture of a recognisable world, our world, and the vampiric energy of the system is once again highly contentious.

The Manifesto is a text that shows no sign of fading into antiquarian obscurity. Its ideas animate in different ways the work of writers like Yanis Varoufakis, Adam Tooze, Naomi Klein and the journalist Owen Jones.

China Mieville is not a writer who has been hemmed in by conventional notions of expertise or genre, and this is a strikingly imaginative take on Marx and what his most haunting book has to say to us today.

This is a book haunted by ghosts, sorcery and creative destruction.