There seems little doubts about Marx’s and Engels’ criticism of so-called utopian descriptions of the ideal society replacing capitalism. However, a passage in The German Ideology seems to describe a typical day in the future communist society. Relying on recent studies preparatory to the MEGA2 edition, this paper argues that this famous passage can be read as confirmation of Engels’ and in particular Marx’s anti-utopianism and, therefore, that it should not be read with a sense of irony, as instead stated. Taken seriosusly, this passage can be linked to Marx’s assertion that private property is not the cause of alienation, but a product of it. In this way, the article aims to put in evidence Marx’s idea of communism as emancipation of all human senses underlying a troubling concept of never definitively accomplished self-developing humanity.