Credit crunch boosts sales of Karl Marx's Das Kapital in Germany

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Two decades after the Berlin Wall fell, communism's founding father Karl Marx is back in vogue in eastern Germany -- thanks to the global financial crisis.

His 1867 critical analysis of capitalism, "Das Kapital", has risen from the publishing graveyard to become an improbable best-seller for academic publisher Karl-Dietz-Verlag.

"Everyone thought there would never ever again be any demand for 'Das Kapital'," said managing director Joern Schuetrumpf.

The book has sold 1,500 copies so far this year, triple the number sold in all of 2007 and a 100-fold increase since 1990.

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