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Adventures in Marxism

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A new beginning for Marxism might just be on the horizon of a landscape despoiled by Soviet communism and a now wobbling world capitalism. The attention attracted by the 150th anniversary of The Communist Manifesto included laudatory references to Marx in venues as unexpected as The New York Times and The New Yorker. More predictably, the tributes in such publications focu ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 17th 2001 by Verso (first published 1999)
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Micah
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loooooooooooooooooooooove Marshall Berman
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Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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It's fitting that I finished this book on May Day. Reading it shook off my depression about living in a late capitalist society like Michael Bloomberg's NYC. It only took a Bronx born old-school Jewish Marxist like Berman to remind me why socialism is more than just about the economics; it's a philosophy about life and how to live it authentically.

People are fixated with socialism's alleged obsolescence post-1989 but I'd argue that in our current era of increasingly inequality and commodificati
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Andrew
It's hard to call Marshall Berman a philosopher or a theorist or anything of that sort-- rather, he was one of the last of the old-school New York belletrists, an heir to Alfred Kazin and Lionel Trilling, whose strengths lay in his memorable phrasing and his ability to paint an image of the city rather than any particular theoretical rigor. Even as he invokes Marx, Benjamin, Lukacs, and Babel, he dances with them rather than puts them under a microscope.

The essays were clearly published over a p
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Mert
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Modernite ve Komünist Manifesto bağlamında başarılı analizlerin yer aldığı; Georg Lukacs ve Meyer Schapiro hakkında nadide sayılabilecek iki güzel makale barındıran kitap. Berman'ın makalelerinin bir araya getirilmesi ile oluşturulmuş bir kitap olmasından dolayı genel olarak bir bütünlük sorunu ve tekrara düşme durumu var. Kitabın teorik açıdan Marksizm'e derinlemesine bakabildiğini veya yeni sayılabilecek bir bakış açısı getirdiğini pek söyleyemem ama Berman'ı zaten farklı yapan şey, Marksizm'i ...more
Nativeabuse
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book was garbage. It was just a bunch of essays about random stuff vaguely related to marx thrown together. It was mainly reviews of various stuff. Not much else here, and the reviews were not very good at that. It might be of interest to someone interested in Marxist literary theory, but outside of that it won't be of interest to anyone.
Matthew Matheson
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This books helps thinkers get past the myth's of Karl Marx.
James
Aug 13, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Marxists who need beach reading
This felt like a one-off, which it is. Random collection of book reviews, articles, a chapter from his D.Phil. at Oxford, etc. etc. It did make me want to read his longer stuff, though.
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Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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A breath of fresh air into a rather stale subject. To be read together with "Why Read Marx Today?" and "How to Read Marx".
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Marshall Berman (born 1940, The Bronx, New York City) is an American philosopher and Marxist Humanist writer. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Political Science at The City College of New York and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, teaching Political Philosophy and Urbanism.

An alumnus of Columbia University, Berman completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1968
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