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3.31  ·  Rating details ·  245 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
Karl Marx dreamt of a world free from exploitation, inequality, and unemployment. Growing up in a rapacious capitalist society, Marx sought to address the evils of the world through new ways of thinking. His solution? Revolution!

Marx is the second in Corinne Maier and Anne Simon's collection of graphic novels exploring lives of the twenty-first century's most controversial
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Nobrow Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Dov Zeller
This is a fun and somewhat comical introduction to Marx's life and philosophy. The writer illustrator team keep it fairly light but it's engaging and not unsophistication in its way. They do a great job of pointing out the distance between Marx's philosophical ideals and his lived experience (and how different a theory can be from an actuality, I think). I got this and their book on Freud out of the library and enjoyed them both very much, thought they were both pleasantly cheeky, and would happ ...more
David Schaafsma
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it
This is an audacious premise for a book about possibly the most famous and influential political philosopher in the past two hundred years: let's try to summarize Marx's life and work in 60 pages. 60 pages! Why?! Hey, why stop there, let's see if we can do it in a haiku! But I think they did it (and they don't say why) because the name Marx or the label Marxist gets thrown around a lot. And they know few people outside of scholars are going to read Capital or even The Communist Manifesto. Why no ...more
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's a tall order, to try and capture such an extensive subject such as Karl Marx in about 60 pages of comics. Wisely, the authors didn't try to explain all his theory in depth, but instead crafted an introduction to his life, with a few key points of his life's work. As such it succeeds. It gives the reader an insightful and oftentimes humorous look at Marx. The book does a good job at that, presenting Marx' vices and virtues, not avoiding his contractions but also not falling in the trap of fo ...more
Edward Sullivan
Good, breezy graphic introduction to Marx's life and philosophy with some nice touches of humor.
Alex Kudera
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Short graphic biography and includes comical juxtaposition of his bourgeois lifestyle against his famous opposition to said group. If you want far more fun and detail, check out the Marx biography by Francis Wheen.
Nicola Mansfield
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked this. The history of communism is a fairly recent interest of mine (only a few years worth of personal study) especially that of China and Russia. I haven't read much on Marx yet and found this an intriguing primer on the man. The book is very well written. Usually when I start a book of this sort the author will show themselves to be leftist very clearly early on but Maier never sides with Marx and tells an almost unbiased story. Everything thing that Marx thought was abjectly go ...more
If you're looking for a graphic novel that explains and analyzes Marxist thought at a 101 philosophy or poly sci level, you'll be sorely disappointed with this book. Corinne Maier and Anne Simon fill these 60 pages more with a story of the life of Marx, Engels, and their families, *amidst* their theoretical and activist projects.

I've studied under a proselytizing Marxist philosophy department head, who sufficiently convinced me that capitalism is incompatible with human and ecological rights, bu
Jul 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I think that what I liked about this, (it is fast and loose)
might also be what I did Not like about it: (it is fast and loose
[in telling the biographical story of an actual person's life])

So yeah, I guess I had mixed feelings about it, though, on the whole I am grateful for the quick high-lights of an interesting and controversial man's life-story.

Thomas Andrikus
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This beautifully-illustrated graphic novel is an introduction to the life of the famed Karl Marx and how his theories were eventually abused by the so-called "communists" in China and Soviet Union, whom he would never have approved of if he had lived to see those societies.
Derek Royal
Nov 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I think you could call this a whirlwind tour of Marx's life. It reads as a graphic gloss on a more substantial biography, for the are a lot of gaps in the narrative proper. Knowing the details of Marx's life would have helped fill in the gaps and paste together the fragments.
Pretty fun.
Vittorio Rainone
I disegni sono carini e ricordano molto Tuono Pettinato. Anche la storia è raccontata in una maniera divertente, ma la Maier ti fa venire l'affanno: si leggono le piccole vignette quasi volandoci sopra. E non ci sono trovate davvero divertenti, a pensarci bene. Magari l'affanno è proprio la cosa a cui Maier mirava, essendo Marx, per lo meno da quel che si evince dal volume, un tipo preso da mille pensieri e mille attività. Se così fosse il volume avrebbe più senso. In ogni caso una lettura non i ...more
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
A slim, graphic novel biography of Karl Marx, for a YA audience (which I didn’t realize when I bought it). The illustrations are fun and witty, the text focused more on Marx’s life than his ideas and their effect on the world, which would have been more interesting, but admittedly that’s a tall order. I didn’t come away with any great insights, though I did learn that Marx was kicked out of a couple of countries
Egor Mikhaylov
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Довольно уморительный пересказ биографии Маркса и становления социалистической теории в жанре слэпстик-комедии. В этом приближении (точнее, в этом отдалении) Маркс, конечно, предстаёт персонажем довольно мерзким: альфонс и изменник, с чьим уровнем презрения к окружающим может сравниться только уровень преклонения перед собственной мудростью и прозорливостью.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Exhausting; so much telling, so little showing.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Μην ασχοληθείτε.
Neil Vanderwerf
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
A light introduction into the life of Karl Marx. A whirlwind trip through his life, his works, his associates, his family life. Informative and amusing.
Amy Firman
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
A good if very brief look at Karl Marx’s life and ideas. It’s a good little overview and I would recommend to anyone that wants a basic understanding of his ideas.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Η προσέγγιση του έργου του Μαρξ μου φάνηκε επιφανειακή, υπήρχαν κατά τη γνώμη μου διάφορες αδιάφορες λεπτομέρειες για τη ζωή του και το κόμικ έχει γενικότερα προβλήματα ροής. Παρόμοια στοιχεία εντόπισα και στη βιογραφία του Φρόυντ, της ίδιας δημιουργού.
Light and perharps superficial about Marx's life, but I can't really judge about that since I know virtually nothing about him. Still, I enjoyed it for what it was.
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Une réussite esthétique mais déçu par le fond. Quelqu'un qui connait déjà Marx et son oeuvre se satisferont peut-être des anecdotes sur sa vie privée mais perso, j'espérais plus de pédagogie pour expliquer sa vision du monde, ses théories de manière assez simple mais là c'était vraiment trop simpliste.
Noa Bash
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Short:
I really had a good time reading this book. It was short and sweet, but really told about Marx's life. It was really interesting to look at his thoughts and dissect how his ideals came to grow in today's society. His ideas are still relevant today, and he did a very good job of knowing what he thought, and putting that into action.

The Good:

It was funny. There were random bits of humor put into this book, and I really enjoyed it. Whether it was a comical drawing or just something one of
Barbara McEwen
3.5 stars A brief glimpse into the life of Karl Marx. An intro, don't expect a textbook. Enjoyable illustrations.
Who would think about creating a graphic novel biography of philosopher Karl Marx? I'm glad someone did. Although the book doesn't get into great depth about his theories and influential writings that would eventually spawn revolutions, it does provide a brief overview of his life and the poverty with which he also struggled. There are some humorous moments, and readers can see that Marx was conflicted about money and the evils of capitalism. There's a lot to think about while reading the book, ...more
Jennifer Gallman
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it

For many, Karl Marx is the author of The Communist Manifesto and the "devil for decrying Capitalism." His support of a world "free from exploitation, inequality, unemployment" was championed by minorities and those searching for equal rights and justice; however, many disagreed with his revolutionary solutions.
This is Maier and Simon's second book, the first being the biography on Sigmund Freud. The illustrated book begins with Marx's birth in 1818 in Trier. Even then, Marx was ahead of his time
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Maier and Simon have pulled off an impressive feat describing Marx's life, the sociopolitical context in which he lived, and his basic philosophies, in only 60 illustrated pages. It's definitely a light overview, buoyed by Simon's endearing illustrations, not an in-depth course in political philosophy or economics. I'd say it's a good introduction for high schoolers, early college students, or anyone who appreciates history or sociology but hasn't formally studied Marx already. For those of us w ...more
Lara Thompson
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I love how the graphic medium can condense a story/life to its essence... but I suspect this biography went a tad too far. Cutting to single word proclamations in juxtaposition, it did have a (sometimes comic) effect but the subjects felt trivialized and didn't really explain beyond what I already knew (and probably missed a lot of nuance? my fault or theirs?). Too bad: other non-fiction graphic novels (wrong word 'novels' but how else are they called?) have been succinct and powerful beyond wha ...more
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, capitalism
nice little graphic biography - a beautiful format. the book approaches his life in interesting and challenging ways. Marx's authoritarianism is revealed along with his genius. however, many important matters and ideas are dealt with in very little detail or slightly skewed to fit the size and narrative of the book. Marx's disastrous involvement in the International Workingmen's Association is especially glossed over. nevertheless, a nice little read in the same genre as Emma Goldman's graphic b ...more
A quite short but entertaining biography on Marx. A perfect introduction to a man whose name is more associated with an idea, but whose reputation needs the humanizing it gets in this book. Most importantly, it is clear that these are ideas are always in flux and that even the people who espouse them do not (or cannot) live up to them fully.
Tony Schmitt
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A nice short bio on Marx. Hits most of the important points, and even though it is obviously pro-Marx, it isn't afraid to show that he was a human, and thus imperfect. If I had to give one complaint, they portrayed Marx as a bit more scheming that I think he was, but that didn't really detract from the book for me.
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Corinne Maier,est psychanalyste à Bruxelles et à Paris et essayiste.

Ses essais s'attaquent au travail, à la famille et à la patrie. Plusieurs de ses publications se jouent de la langue de bois contemporaine qui uniformise les discours. Psychanalyste, économiste, sociologue et historienne, elle est l'auteur de livres fortement inspirés par Jacques Lacan, Roland Barthes et Michel Foucault. Elle est
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