About the Deutscher Memorial Prize

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Every year, this prize is awarded for a book which exemplifies the best and most innovative new writing in or about the Marxist tradition. The closing date for nominations is May 1st.

There is a modest prize of £500, the winning title is announced in the press, and the author is invited to deliver the following year’s Deutscher Memorial Lecture which generally takes place towards the end of November, and which has often been subsequently published in the New Left Review or Historical Materialism.

Winner of the 2017 prize:
William Clare Roberts, Marx’s Inferno: The Political Theory of Capital (Princeton UP)

Clare Robert’s book is unique in its combination of a close re-reading of Marx’s Capital through the lens of contextual political theory. He brings to the study of Capital all the verve, passion and erudition of Marx’s own invocation of classical literature to unmask the hellish realities of contemporary capitalism.

Short list:
François Chesnais, Finance Capital Today (Brill)
Gareth Dale, Reconstructing Karl Polanyi (Pluto)
William Clare Roberts, Marx’s Inferno: The Political Theory of Capital (Princeton UP)
Enzo Traverso, Left-Wing Melancholia: Marxism, History, and Memory (Columbia UP)

Interviews with former prize winners can be found here.

Current members of the Deutscher Jury: Gilbert Achcar, Alex Callinicos, Alejandro Colas, Madeleine Davis, Ben Fine, Rob Knox, Esther Leslie, Alfredo Saad-Filho, and Chris Wickham.

We gratefully acknowledge support from the Amiel-Melburn Trust.

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