The Political Marx

Aijaz Ahmad in Conversation with Vijay Prashad

Aijaz Ahmad, Vijay Prashad


LeftWord Books, New Delhi, 2023

Language: English

110 pages

5.5 x 8.5 inches

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For a thinker whose revolutionary ideas have had such a decisive impact on the world, it is ironic that Marx’s own political writings remain so neglected. His political writings are often seen as texts written instrumentally to earn money, which he often desperately needed, or they are seen as beautiful texts with little connection to his economic studies and writings. But in fact, Marx’s political texts are themselves extraordinary displays of analysis of the class struggle and the mediations needed to understand these struggles.

Aijaz Ahmad (1941–2022) guided generations of Marxists around the world in their struggle to understand the world and to change the world. In these conversations with Vijay Prashad, himself a leading Marxist thinker, Aijaz Ahmad examines texts such as The German Ideology, The Communist Manifesto, The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, and The Civil War in France, placing them in context, drawing out their interconnections, and shining his bright analytical torch on aspects that make these texts come alive for us today.

This book is a little gem, a veritable course on how to read Karl Marx.

Aijaz Ahmad

Aijaz Ahmad (1941-2022) was one of India's best-known Marxist scholars. His best-known books include In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literatures (1992), Lineages of the Present: Ideological and Political Genealogies of Contemporary South Asia (1996), and, from LeftWord Books, Nothing Human is Alien to Me: Aijaz Ahmad in conversation with Vijay Prashad (2020), Iraq, Afghanistan and the Imperialism of Our Time (2004).

Read Vijay Prashad's tribute to Aijaz Ahmad here.

Vijay Prashad

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian and journalist. Prashad is the author of forty books, including Washington Bullets, Red Star Over the Third World, The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World and The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South. He is Executive Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, Chief Correspondent for Globetrotter, and editor at LeftWord Books. He has appeared in two films – Shadow World (2016) and Two Meetings (2017). Previously, he was the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and a professor of international studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, United States, from 1996 to 2017.