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MARX för nybörjare

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,279 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
Vad? En tecknad bok om Marx?
Kan någon sammanfatta Marx?
Är inte Marx för svår för vanligt folk?
Nej, Rius tycker inte det. Att han bara har gått i folkskolan har inte hejdat honom. Karl Marx' samlade verk är tunga, det är sant. Men Rius satte igång med ett mål i sikte: "att göra nånting som till och med jag kan förstǻ!"
Och här är alltihop. Den marxistiska filosofins ursprung
Paperback, 143 pages
Published 1980 by Förlaget Barrikaden (first published 1976)
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Jul 04, 2008 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lot of people probably think they know what Marxism is all about, but in reality only a precious few have any intimate acquaintance with the man's writings and ideas. Only the hardiest of souls can pour through the voluminous pages that constitute Marx's significant body of work, writings that are as dense and complex as just about anything you would ever hope to find. No single book can communicate the depth and breadth of Marxism, but a single book, namely Marx For Beginners by Rius, can and ...more
Jun 25, 2010 Robby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Here is a pretty good primer for Marx theology.


I am not sure if the "modern" idea of the "world spirit" struck a chord with the "masses" of the west as Rius postulates in page 59 at the time of Spinoza. The "world Spirit" Theology is certainly necessary for Marx-Engels philosophy.

* Marx desperately needed Rousseau's presentation of the "noble" savage in western culture, to create the idea that the only source of value is human labor power(page 104). The idea that man is basically and a
Feb 26, 2015 Pio rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cũng hên là quyển này chỉ là sách nhập môn nên nội dung đơn giản (mặc dù tác giả đã dành ra nhiều trang để trích dẫn vài đoạn được coi là "dễ nhai" trong sách của Marx và Engels), nhưng mà tui không thích cái phần tóm tắt lịch sử của tác giả cho lắm: nó mang nặng ý kiến cá nhân của chính tác giả hơn là cố gắng trình bày những sự kiện một cách khách quan. Sự thật thì ngoài những tổn hại to lớn mà tôn giáo đã gây ra làm cản trở sự phát triển của khoa học, chúng ta chẳng thể phủ nhận được những lợi ...more
Oct 02, 2010 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, biography
The English language version of this book was published in 1976 so some of the statements seem a bit dated. For example, Rius states that 1/3 of the world's population "practices communism" which is not the case now.

This book was just enough of an introduction to get me interested in how the world progressed toward capitalism and what practical system would be better. Though the author obviously thought highly of Marx and socialist government structures, he wasn't really able to give me a convi
Dec 15, 2012 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jan by: André Levi
I enjoyed this documentary comic strip introduction to Marx by Mexican cartoonist Rius. Since I was pretty much ignorant of Marx's work to start with, I can't comment on the accuracy or comprehensiveness of Rius's intro. It held my attention, though, which is rare for nonfiction in general. I came away feeling that I understood certain currents in philosophy better, particularly political philosophy. Even more impressively, it showed a new (to me) interpretation of the functions of the state and ...more
Shreya Prakash
Sep 26, 2015 Shreya Prakash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of late I have really been wondering why we are not taught certain critical things at school, example Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and now Marx's teachings. Actually I know why we are not taught the latter, it's too politically fraught.
This book is perfect for someone who wants to first get an overview and a context to the theory of communism, rather theory of theories i.e. how society developed, how and why religions came about, what led to different social classes developing, who w
Benjamin Britton
Dec 23, 2015 Benjamin Britton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it."

"One should add that Hegel was an idealist, and for him, the ideas were not more or less abstract images of objects; on the contrary, things and their development were a projection of ideas which had existed, no one can say how, even before the world itself existed. Hegel's stem was a gigantic miscarriage, but the last of its kind."

"… the alienation of the worker is expressed this: the more he produces, th
Jan 11, 2016 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tremendously-organized and informative little book that I wish I had read before starting the Manifesto several months ago, or especially before beginning "The Portable Karl Marx," a compendium of all his major works. "Marx for Beginners" has illustrations on every page, an incredibly simple style, personality to its core, and has no problem engaging the reader from the first page to the last. It automatically merits a high rating if only for its attempt to concisely explain the basic tenets o ...more
Apr 22, 2016 Chloe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marx for Beginners introduced a good deal of philosophers and ideas that kept me extremely engaged throughout. I was new to the style of book with illustrations but enjoyed it very much; it's a nice break from the standard organization of words in books. My only complaint would be: when the author introduced Marx's ideas, large excerpts from the communist manifesto were used. These excerpts were difficult to digest and didn't improve my understanding of Marx's ideas at all. After all, that's why ...more
I don't get on well with philosophy and social sciences at the whole because words seem so imperfect and insubstantial compared to the simple beauty of formal and natural sciences, so my review isn't really objective. But I'm trying to fathom some basic ideas to not be plain stupid. This book works well in this case. It pays a lot of attention to history and evolution of philosophy which helps to understand difference between idealism and materialism, dialectical and metaphysical. I feel that th ...more
Ike Sharpless
This is a review of all the "Introducing..." books. These books are fun for what they are - engaging, silly, and witty commentaries on the authors in question and their respective critical traditions. Don't think that they're a replacement for the original. They're not. But they do provide some engaging context, especially for those who learn more visually.
Feb 03, 2009 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
If you want to begin to understand Karl Marx and communism better this book is the place to start. Done in a cartoon format it is simple and funny. It gives a pretty good summary of philosophical thought up until Marx as well (to show where he was coming from when he developed his manifesto).
Jan 26, 2013 Jan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Obsolete, curious mix of dogmatic, unreflective and slightly boring ... but then again it is from 1976 and perhaps most relevant as an indicative of a contempoary point of view. Definitely not relevant for a post collapse of Communism reappraisal of Marx and Marxism
SerA Mo
نه...به نظر من اول برین هرچی اطلاعات میخواین راجع به مارکس و انگلس و افلاطون و ...بدست بیارین و بعد (وقتی فهمیدین چی میگن)از خوندن این کتاب لذت خواهید برد
کار جالب و سختی رو انجام داده ،نویسنده کتاب رو عرض کردم
Afiq Zainal
Jan 22, 2013 Afiq Zainal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book for marxist beginner or anyone who is interested to have an introductory undestanding on marxism. Plus the illustration is comic-like. Which makes it more interesting. :)
Samuel Viana
May 11, 2011 Samuel Viana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rereading
I read this book again after so many years after I bought it, when I were 18 years old, I think, in 1995 (you should say I possess a great memory, ahahaha!). One way or another this a good introductory book for everyone that is interested in doing their first start in the world of polithics and whants to understand the storical reasons behind the creation of Communism in their most known form, the Marxism-Leninism. I know that when I choose the leave a review about one such a book here, everybod ...more
Jul 20, 2011 Toru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super-accessible introduction to Marx's theories. Fun. It's in comic book format!

It introduces the concept of dialectic materialism in a logical and sequential manner. It's kind of a silly name for what is a really simple idea. I mean, I think that his views on economics were more interesting than his social/historiography theories.

Only issues: it has a sarcastic tone towards religion (mainly Christianity), and so this comic book may lose some readers that may have otherwise been more receptive
Nov 21, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found a copy of this book in a used book store for a buck and thought it looked like a nice introductory piece on Marx/Marxism. Hey, why not for a buck right? I'm glad I picked it up because it only took two or three hours to read and I feel like I've gained perspective on Marx, his major ideas, and how those ideas play into the context of history. It's a comic book of sorts, though the illustrations and text feel more free-form than what that may lead you to think. Reading it felt as if being ...more
May 08, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, history
Breezed through this in four hours. Easy to read, amusing and interesting. Written from a British point of view, but all is forgiven. A good way to learn about Marx's life and the development of his thought, the historical context of his thought and even some historical context of the development of a lot of western philosophy and basic capitalist and socialist economic concepts. I would highly recommend this book for anyone from 12 to 112.

The only real problem I had was the lack of female repre
Aug 28, 2014 Rlampp rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As an introduction to Communist thought it is a decent enough starting place if one is pressed for time and money. However the glaring errors when giving the progression of history and philosophy that lead to Marx's thoughts make me question the books entirety along with the interpretation of Marx's ideas.

A better resources would be the Penguin Classics edition of the Communist Manifesto which includes an introduction by Gareth Jones covering the same material with much less identifiable bias.
This book makes Marx easier to tackle for school assignments on "class-struggle" throughout "history." Not only does this enjoyable book serve a purpose for studying, but it serves its purpose in making Marx comprehensible, and more importantly, enjoyable if one cares to learn a bit of the influential philosophies that have shaped world events throughout our brief human history. I look forward to reading the other books in this series.
Jordan Cullen
A valiant and entertaining attempt to make Marx's complex theories more readily accessible (which he would surely have approved of), it maybe spends a little too long giving a potted history of philosophy before dealing with Marx's writings itself, but as digestible an introduction to the great man's work as you could ask for, and the book that started a new movement in popular philosophy.
Jun 16, 2013 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really surprised at how much I liked this one, and double surprised to find that it was published in 1976, well before this type of illustrated seriousness became very popular.

Much of the book, a good third, is a review of philosophy up until Marx in order to show what he borrowed and changed, and it was quite well done. Too often with other historical comics I've read, they seem to be put together in a rush (something, ironically, Rius condemns his own book for), but while I've got a grounding
Mar 19, 2009 Leonardo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in politics and economy
Rius se curó en salud al señalar abiertamente, en la introducción del libro, que no había entendido el marxismo y que, inclusive recurriendo al estudiosos del tema, había llegado a la conclusión de que explicar a Marx era un atrevimiento, cuando no una locura. Así que quien se acerque a este libro con la esperanza de obtener una maestría instantánea en marxismo se irá decepcionado. La explicacíon de la doctrina de Marx y Engels ocupa una parte pequeña (aunque no por eso menos imortante y razonab ...more
I picked up this book not because I am interested in Socialism or Marx, but simply because I like the "for Beginners" comic series. The book series are comics that talk about the history and theories of various famous scientist, psychologist, and in this case- philosopher. I found this book the most disappointing in the series. The other books would incorporated the pictures with the text better, making the lesson visual. But Marx theories are perhaps a little bit harder to show visually. So the ...more
Nikhil Kautilya
Jun 13, 2012 Nikhil Kautilya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never thought that I'd have to read a comic book twice in order to grasp something. Well, that is Marx in easier terms, I'd imagine.
It must be a different task, and a difficult one if I may add, of putting such complex theories with such creativity. It is not like a fiction but working in someone else's domain with your creativity and understanding as your only tool.
Rius starts off with a funny tone and thankfully, he never exits from it till he says The End . The comments made by author throu
C. Scott
A nice little introduction to Marx - I learned a lot about Marx's biography and the philosophical context of his work. The true test of how effective this book actually was will happen when I actually tackle the Marx-Engels reader sitting on my shelf.
Mar 26, 2014 Israelo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excelente "intento" de Rius por tratar de darnos a entender a Marx, y lo expongo así porque el autor mismo así se justifica. Un buen libro que aclara en mi vida (si, hasta ahora) la existencia y la aplicación de la filosofía, haciendo énfasis por supuesto en la propuesta por Marx y dejando claro que nos urge conocer como sociedad y planta laboral las bases de su teoría. Así que ¿cómo funciona el mecanismo en el que actualmente vivimos? —Marx lo explica y Rius lo explica fácil.
Feb 04, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Though this came highly recommended by readers whose taste I trust, I personally found it hard to follow a discussion of Marx and his thought in this format. The graphic style, the mere snippets of excerpts from his writing, the parade of names and terms, just could not sustain my attention. The approach emphasized the sources of Marx's ideas too much for my inclination and purposes. I wanted a richer context for his own era rather than so many antecedents. Also the tone is off-puttingly zealous ...more
Jun 26, 2015 Butterfly21 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really awesome! It helped me to begin to understand Marxism and gave me the necessary philosophical and economic background. It's an excellent primer and I would really recommend it. I loved the foray made into philosophical history too.
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Rius is the pseudonym of Eduardo del Rio, the internationally acclaimed Mexican caricaturist and editorial cartoonist whose innovative work established a new field in comic strips: the political and documentary cartoon-book.
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