Nina Mehta on Viken Berberian’s Das Kapital: A Novel of Love and Money Markets
A novel of love and money markets
by Viken Berberian
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Viken Berberian’s second novel, Das Kapital, wryly lives up to its name. Like many economic treatises since Marx’s, it concerns the gently aging love triangle of capitalism, power, and labor. The story’s main character is Wayne, the wunderkind manager of a three-billiondollar hedge fund, who has honed his ability to anticipate when stocks will decline, profiting handsomely by betting against individual companies and national markets. Though Berberian layers Wayne’s story with references to the Situationist International, his book is less a novel of ideas than a series of cartoonish interactions between characters and the concepts that animate them.
Wayne is sleeping with Alix, an architecture student who is attempting to extricate herself from a relationship with a gentleman known to the reader simply as the
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