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Marx in Paris, 1871
Jenny's ”Blue Notebook”

An imaginative work of historical fiction places Karl Marx in the thick of the remarkable events of the Paris Commune.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune, leftist writers Olivier Besancenot and Michael Löwy offer a deeply informed, and eminently enjoyable, imagined history of what might have been if Karl Marx and his eldest daughter, Jenny, had travelled to Paris during the heady weeks of April 1871. In disguise, employing imperfect but serviceable French, Karl and Jenny encounter and debate many important figures of the movement, including Leo Frankel, Eugène Varlin, Charles Longuet, Elisabeth Dmitrieff, and Louise Michel, eventually returning to England with a profoundly changed sense of political possibility.

Other books by Olivier Besancenot and Michael Löwy

  • Revolutions

    Revolutions is a unique collection of rare photographs documenting some of the most important revolutionary upheavals, from the 1871 Paris Commune to the Zapatista rebellion of the 1990s.

  • Ecosocialism

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  • On Changing the World

    Michael Löwy highlights the cultural, “spiritual,” and ethical dimensions of Marxist thought largely neglected by most of the existing literature.
  • The Politics of Combined and Uneven Development

    Drawing on the prescient insights of Leon Trotsky, Lowy explores the contradictions of global economic development.
  • The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx

    The ideas of Marx's early writings come alive in this important examination of their lasting relevance.