Uwe Wittstock: Karl Marx at the Barber's. Blessing Verlag (Hardcover, History)

Karl Marx at the Barber's

A German revolutionary's last journey

Original Title: Karl Marx beim Barbier

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 288 pages, 12.5 x 20.0 cm, 4.9 x 7.9 in., 5 b/w illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-89667-612-2
€ 20.00 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Blessing

Date of publication: March 5, 2018
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Uwe  Wittstock - Karl Marx at the Barber's


"A wonderful book." Ferdinand von Schirach

In February 1882, Karl Marx boards the steamer "Said" in Marseille and leaves Europe for the first time in his life. He is welcomed at the quay in Algiers by Albert Fermé, who had been involved in the Paris Commune. While taking in his impressions of a culture that is completely new for him, he looks back on his life and work: his liberally minded father of Jewish stock, his wild university days, his early poetic ambitions, the strange way he held back in the revolutionary year of 1848, then his never-ending exile and the inflictions of poverty.

In Algiers, Karl Marx has his photograph taken one last time before sacrificing his magnificent head of hair and beard at the barber's – an act that he himself almost sees as symbolic.

Uwe Wittstock recounts a hitherto little known episode late in Karl Marx's life and uses it to examine the life and work of this great mind, one that is at the same time deeply contradictory.

Incisive, original, and as critical as it is justified – a non-fiction book with a narrative style.

"It is a wonderful book. Uwe Wittstock keeps switching elegantly between biography and narrative and he even manages to pull off the feat of effortlessly explaining the philosophical ideas of the time." Ferdinand von Schirach


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