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A concise but poor analysis of Das Kapital
on 6 May 2011
The judgement about this book depends a lot of what you are looking for. In my case, when I pick up a biography of a work, I pretend to verify in which way the referred book is important for the time in which I live. The Wheen approach does not sound for me to go in that sense. Wheen, through the chapters of his commentary (gestation, birth and afterlife), gives a picture of Marx's masterpiece in a literary and aesthetical way. The advantage of this perspective is that the reader may take a slight flavour of Marx's style. This advantage is not however compensated by its shortcomings. The logic inherent to Marx approach, the meaning of the concepts used and the workable possibilities( or not) of them as a tool of analysis understanding and transformation of our societies are erased from Wheen exercise. I have some doubts that the heedless strand proposed by Whenn will make justice to Mark work. The reader interested in viewing the significance of Das Kapital for nowadays has at lest two much better alternative guides: A Companion to Marx's Capital by David Harvey (encompasses the volume 1) and Marx's Capital from Ben Fine and Alfredo Saad-Filho. Both works are very well written and, not forgeting the richness of Marx fancy style, explain how Das Kapital concepts and proposals may unveil the human relationships of contemporary society.