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Das Kapital: A novel of love and money…

Das Kapital: A novel of love and money markets (2007)

by Viken Berberian

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Berberian's writing is the real start here, the plot takes a backseat, but the humor turbo charges the book and makes it into a superb read. ( )
  chechenthriller | Sep 14, 2009 |
grouch marx meet karl marx. very funny take on modern finance and the masters of the universe or more like the black holes of the universe. dynamic read. ( )
  fraisetcerise | Sep 14, 2009 |
brilliant satire of wall street from buy-side perspective ( )
  nadiart | Aug 13, 2009 |
brilliant satire of contemporary wall street. un petit costaud, as we say in french. ( )
  fiktions | Aug 12, 2009 |
A rather short, and slightly disturbing story. But written masterfully. Great verisimilitude in the setting of a hedge fund, and in the personality of the fund manager. Even the pseudo-scientific vocabulary spewed in his pitches sound true. And acerbically funny. The moral compromises he makes become slowly apparent, and the other locales and characters are developed naturally and convincingly. A global financial intrigue and something more sinister and something more human all develop simultaneously. A fascinating effort. ( )
  sthitha_pragjna | Jul 30, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743267230, Hardcover)

Moving seamlessly between the financial skyscrapers of New York and the crisp blue skies of Corsica and Marseille, Das Kapital is an extraordinary homage to Marx's seminal work for the twenty-first century. Wayne is the emblematic Wall Street trader: opportunistic, brash and driven. His position is something of a rarity; he bets against the market's rise, gambling vast quantities of money on the short sell and profiting hugely from the collapse of entire economies and cultures -- in short, from the dissolution of financial and social infrastructure on a global scale -- all from the remote comfort of his Gloomberg terminal.

To accomplish this, Wayne enlists the aid of a cryptic Corsican whose own culture and identity are fast disappearing in the rise of a universal nationality -- one whose common language is email and whose treasured artifacts are zipped into slick JPEGs, viewed only in thumbnail size. Unbeknownst to them, both men are involved with the same woman, an architecture student named Alix who lives in Marseille. But while she and the Corsican have a physical relationship, it is the playfully erotic and strangely elusive email correspondence between Alix and Wayne that evokes both passion and tenderness.

Exquisitely written and infused with moments of irresistible humor, Das Kapital is a riveting story about capitalism and love, and the technology that controls them both.

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A bitter former tree cutter for a Corsican firm, goes to New York to see Wayne, a Gordon Gekkolike hedge fund runner who has recently sold a major stake in that company. When the Corsican, a nationalist seeking revenge on his former employers, asks Wayne about a job, Wayne is initially dismissive, but is soon employing him as a market-altering terrorist. Meanwhile, Alix, the Corsican's sometime lover, conducts a steamy, unrelated e-mail correspondence with the ferociously windy Wayne. Soon, all three converge on Marseilles as another scheme is set to unfold.… (more)

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