Martin Rowson gives the Communist Manifesto a graphic update

This article is from 2018

Martin Rowson gives the Communist Manifesto a graphic update

The Guardian's editorial cartoonist brings his graphic rendition of the Communist Manifesto to the Edinburgh Book Festival alongside political cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh

The 1848 Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels has had a graphic makeover thanks to the pen of cartoonist and author Martin Rowson. Known for his satire and biting wit, Rowson recently adapted the tome – originally written with the aim of reshaping post-war Europe – into a graphic novel. It's a nightmarish and intricate exploration of the ideas of Marx and Engels, which is, sadly, as timely as it is absorbing.

Sam Humphreys, Sales and Marketing Manager at SelfMadeHero, gave us a little insight into the company's ethos when it comes to creating graphic versions of familiar books. He said, 'SelfMadeHero has a long history of publishing adaptations of classics, which began with the Manga Shakespeare series. We've since published adaptations of The Trial, The Master and Margarita, Don Quixote and lots more.

'In every case, the graphic novelist has stayed true to the spirit of the text while reimagining it in a way that makes it feel new. Martin Rowson's Communist Manifesto is no different: it's an excellent introduction to Marx and Engels' pamphlet, but it's also filled with the wit we enjoy so much in Martin's Guardian cartoons.'

Rowson will be appearing at Edinburgh International Book Festival with Mohammad Sabaaneh, a former political prisoner in Israel whose book Palestine In Black and White brings together 100 of his renowned sketches, including some documenting the experience of Palestinian prisoners. The event will be chaired by comedian and performer Phill Jupitus and is part of the Book Festival's 'Stripped' series.

Charlotte Square Gardens, 18 Aug, 7.30pm, £12 (£10).

Martin Rowson & Mohammad Sabaaneh with Phill Jupitus

Award-winning cartoonist Martin Rowson has turned his pen to the 1848 Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels, a publication which aimed to reshape post-war Europe. As a former political prisoner in Israel, Mohammad Sabaaneh has witnessed first-hand the cruelties of a land under occupation and in Palestine In Black and…