The finance elite's manipulation of reality

Money is the truest and most crucial element of our lives, but at the same time, money is abstract and unreal. For classical Marxist literary theorists, such as the Hungarian Georg Lukács, the value of the novel lay in its ability to realistically mirror society and thus provide a critical clarity in a complicated reality. Arne de Boever also chooses such a simplified definition of realism as a starting point, knowing that things will get complicated when he considers the financial novel as a subgenre. The novel characters' pursuit of money also shows a hunt for a reality that is constantly evading.

De Boever's texts become an extension of the novelists 'and filmmakers' project: trying to uncover, understand and showcase the financial economy, which he cites with Joseph Vogl's book The ghost of capital (2018) describes as mysterious, intangible and ghostly. Ten years after the financial crisis in 2008, it seems clear to all of us that the demonic forces of financial capitalism cannot simply be driven by a revealing classic Marxist critique. On the stock exchange, it is haunting by daylight.

The manipulation of the financial elite

In an attempt to understand the financial crisis and the speculative economy of our time, they take Boever back to the deregulation of the financial market. . .

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