Kapitalen (i.e. Norwegian: "Das Kapital").

Oslo, Fram Forlag, 1930 - 1931. 5 parts (all).

8vo. 5 part in publisher's original 3 full cloth bindings with title and author in black lettering to front boards and spines. Spines lightly miscoloured, otherwise fine and clean. 166 pp.;144 pp.; 237 pp.

The uncommon first Norwegian translation of Marx’s ‘Das Kapital’ – only volume 1 was ever translated.
The translation was commissioned by ‘Mot Dag’, a Norwegian political group active from the 1920s to the early 1930s and was first affiliated with the Labour Party. After World War II, many of its former members were leaders in Norwegian politics and cultural activities.

 “Although always small in numbers and often regarded with suspicion by Labour and trade union leaders, the Mot Dag organization was nevertheless an important factor in providing the Norwegian workers’ movement with a cultural policy and attracting artists, writers and intellectuals to the socialist cause. Well-known and respected authors and artists figured prominently in the organisation’s ranks as members and as contributors to the journal of the same name. Mot Dag was also instrumental in establishing cultural and educational enterprises for Norwegian workers within the workers’ movement, most famously the Arbeidernes leksikon (The Workers’ Encyclopaedia), a gigantic and unique collective effort by specialists and writers who worked without remuneration.

It set up a successful publishing house where Falk published his Norwegian translation of the first volume of Marx’s Das Kapital (Capital), an undertaking that actually turned out to be profitable. In many ways Mot Dag had a position in Norway comparable to that of The Partisan Review in the United States, as an organisation that, as Hugh Wilford puts it, had a “dual commitment to anti-Stalinist Marxism and cultural Modernism”” (Sørenssen, Olav Dalgard – Politics, Film, Theatre and the Avant-Garde in Norway in the Interwar Years)

Order-nr.: 60005

DKK 12.000,00