Verso Book Club: January, February, March

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The Verso Book Club offers our readers the chance to get the most essential books that we publish each month and the steady support allows us the security to keep expanding our revolutionary publishing program. 

Every month we’ll offer a carefully curated selection of our best new titles; this winter we have books from David Harvey, Andreas Malm, Alva Gotby, Cedric G. Johnson and the feminist art collective LASTESIS.

Each month we email all members with more details about next month's book club selections—including a letter from the editor—so that you can choose which one you want to receive.

You can choose between three options: the Verso Reader digital subscription, Verso Subscriber for print and digital, and Verso Comrade to receive even more books in the mail. Learn more about the different member options here. All Book Club members will also get 50% off everything on our website, including our Comrade tote bag.

 

JANUARY Book Club Selection

Verso Subscribers and Verso Comrades can choose their Book Club mailing from these two titles:
 

Marx’s Literary StyleMarx’s Literary Style by Ludovico Silva. In Marx’s Literary Style, the Venezuelan poet and philosopher Ludovico Silva argues that much of the confusion around Marx’s work results from a failure to understand his literary mode of expression. Through meticulous readings of key passages in Marx’s oeuvre, Silva isolates the key elements of his style: his search for an “architectonic” unity at the level of the text, his capacity to express himself dialectically at the level of the sentence, and, above all, his great gift for metaphor.
 

They Call It LoveThey Call It Love: The Politics of Emotional Life by Alva Gotby. Comforting a family member or friend, soothing children, providing company for the elderly, ensuring that people feel well enough to work; this is all essential labour. Without it, capitalism would cease to function. They Call It Love investigates the work that makes a haven in a heartless world, examining who performs this labour, how it is organised, and how it might change. In this groundbreaking book, Alva Gotby calls this work 'emotional reproduction', unveiling its inherently political nature.
 

Verso Comrades will also receive:

The Autonomous CityThe Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting by Alexander Vasudevan. The Autonomous City is the first popular history of squatting as practised in Europe and North America. Alex Vasudevan retraces the struggle for housing in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Detroit, Hamburg, London, Madrid, Milan, New York, and Vancouver. He looks at the organisation of alternative forms of housing—from Copenhagen’s Freetown Christiana to the squats of the Lower East Side—as well as the official response, including the recent criminalisation of squatting, the brutal eviction of squatters and their widespread vilification.
 


All Book Club members will also receive these new ebooks:

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FEBRUARY Book Club Selection

Verso Subscribers and Verso Comrades can choose their Book Club mailing from these two titles:
 

A Companion to Marx's GrundrisseA Companion to Marx's Grundrisse by David Harvey. David Harvey’s Companion to Marx’s Grundrisse builds upon his widely acclaimed companions to the first and second volumes of Capital in a way that will reach as wide an audience as possible. Marx’s stated ambition for this text - where he was thinking aloud about some of possible metamorphoses of capitalism - is to reveal “the exact development of the concept of capital as the fundamental concept of modern economics, just as capital itself is the foundation of bourgeois society.”
 

Fighting in a World on FireFighting in a World on Fire: The Next Generation's Guide to Protecting the Climate and Saving Our Future by Andreas Malm, adapted by Jimmy Whipps with Llewyn Whipps. What kinds of drastic steps are needed? What kind of bold actions can the climate justice begin using to bring a stop to climate destruction, and that can be employed alongside existing strategies of mass protest, awareness, and legal appeals? Why does our society consider profit for oil companies more important than the future of young people and the health of our shared environment? In this adaptation of Andreas Malm’s best-selling book on the need for a bolder, more confrontational climate justice movement, these urgent questions are brought to the most important audience of all: those who are growing up in a world on fire.


 

Verso Comrades will also receive:

LatinLatin: Or, The Empire of the Sign by Françoise Waquet. A highly original and accessible history of Latin between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries that explores how Latin came to dominate the civic and sacred worlds of Europe and, arguably, the entire western world.

 



All Book Club members will also receive these new ebooks:
 


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March Book Club Selection

Verso Subscribers and Verso Comrades can choose their Book Club mailing from these two titles:

 

After Black Lives MatterAfter Black Lives Matter: Policing and Anti-Capitalist Struggle by Cedric G. Johnson. The historic uprising in the wake of the murder of George Floyd transformed the way Americans and the world think about race and policing. Why did it achieve so little in the way of substantive reforms? After Black Lives Matter argues that the failure to leave an institutional residue was not simply due to the mercurial and reactive character of the protests. Rather, the core of the movement itself failed to locate the central racial injustice that underpins the crisis of policing: socio-economic inequality.
 

New Dark AgeNew Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future by James Bridle. From rogue financial systems to shopping algorithms, from artificial intelligence to state secrecy, we no longer understand how our world is governed or presented to us. The media is filled with unverifiable speculation, much of it generated by anonymous software, while companies dominate their employees through surveillance and the threat of automation. In his brilliant new work, leading artist and writer James Bridle surveys the history of art, technology, and information systems, and reveals the dark clouds that gather over our dreams of the digital sublime.


Verso Comrades will also receive:
 

Set Fear on FireSet Fear on Fire: The Feminist Call That Set the Americas Ablaze by LASTESIS. After the feminist art collective LASTESIS created their performance “A Rapist in Your Path” in their native Chile, it went viral across the globe, becoming the anthem of the grassroots feminist movements in South America and around the world. This is their manifesto, an angry, unrepentant tour-de-force that moves through rage, femicide, abortion, homophobia, feminist art, and the oppression of the state to argue for a feminist world based on collective struggle and a visionary political art. Translated by Camila Valle.
 

All Book Club members will also receive these ebooks:


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Learn more about the Verso Book Club—including more detailed information on all the membership tiers. Confused or have any questions? We hope our FAQs will help, but you can also email us at bookclub@versobooks.com—we would love to get your feedback!