Because of his dark looks and black curly hair, Karl Marx was affectionately known by his friends as The Moor. After being expelled by the governments of Germany, France, and Belgium, in 1849 The Moor was forced to move to London, where he lived in exile for the rest of his life as a stateless political refugee. After spending a few desperately poor years in Britain, in the mid-1870s Marx started travelling again. The reasons for his visits abroad varied: family matters; delivering the manuscript of Das Kapital to his editor; political meetings; and to take various cures. This book tells the stories of those travels, peregrinations, encounters, conversations, and reflections. The portrait of the great philosopher that emerges is very different from the granitic, sphinx-like image memorialized in public squares during the 20th century.
Marcello Musto is associate Professor of Political Theory at York University in Toronto. His main research interests include Karl Marx, socialist thought, the history of the labour movement, post-Hegelian philosophy, and contemporary European politics. His writings, translated into over twenty languages, seek to highlight the contemporary relevance of the Marxist theoretical tradition for pressing current issues.