Das Kapital by Viken Berberian
A novel of love and money markets

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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.

About Viken Berberian

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Viken Berberian is a novelist and author of The Cyclist. He has written for The New York Times, the Financial Times and the Los Angeles Times. For the past five years he has lived and worked in Manhattan, Paris and Marseille.
Published June 5, 2007 by Simon & Schuster. 196 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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One little pocket of trouble is on Corsica, where a cardboard manufacturer is about to breathe its last, further worsening the woeful economy of the depressed French province, further depressing an anti-global local known to Alix, his architectural student sweetheart in Marseilles, and to Wayne, ...

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A quirky combination of satire and thriller, this short novel defies easy categorization. "The Corsican," a bitter former tree cutter for a Corsican firm, goes to New York to see Wayne, a G

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Collaboratively, Wayne and the Corsican manipulate the bell curve of probability, on which most money market stakeholders cast their judgment, and force the market to crash by wreaking international havoc.

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Watching the morning finance reports at the gym these days, I’ve been holding my breath hoping someone will mention the prophetic genius of Das Kapital: A Novel of Love and Money Markets, fearing that I might fall off the tread-climber if they do.

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