READING CAPITAL presents Louis Althusser's systematic theory of a Marxism cleansed of all idealist and Hegelian notions. No reader interested in modern Marxism can afford to bypass this book. "One reads his passionate study with attention, even with excitement". Eric Hobsbawm, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT.
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Foreword to the Italian Edition
Marx and his Discoveries
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