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    The Unseen (Paperback)(English / Italian) By (author) Nanni Balestrini, Translated by L. Heron

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    DescriptionFor a brief but explosive period in the mid-seventies, the young, the unemployed and the homeless of Italy's cities came together in an unexpectedly militant movement known simply as Autonomy. Against the austerity programmes and social discipline of the ruling Christian Democrats and their would-be partners in the Communist Party, the movement developed a "politics of refusal"--expressed in school occupations and factory sabotage, mass shoplifting and violent street protest, combined with carnivalesque creativity. But the movement was soon divided, especially over the issue of armed struggle, while its opponents united behind the most repressive measures ever seen in postwar Italy. Nanni Balestrini, himself a victim of that repression, follows in spare but vivid unpunctuated prose Autonomy's trajectory through the eyes of one working-class protagonist--from high-school rebellion, squatting and attempts to set up a free radio station, to arrest and the brutalities of imprisonment. This is a powerful and gripping novel: a rare evocation of the intensity of commitment, the passion of politics.

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    The Unseen
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nanni Balestrini, Translated by L. Heron
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 252
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 222 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 381 g
    ISBN 13: 9780860912422
    ISBN 10: 0860912426

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
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    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC20: 853.914
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    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    DC22: 853.914
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    DC22: 853/.914
    B&T Approval Code: P24102101
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
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    LC classification: PQ4862.A37 I513 1989
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    LC classification: 89038456
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    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Verso Books
    Imprint name
    Verso Books
    Publication date
    01 December 1989
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    Author Information
    Nanni Balestrini was born in Milan in 1935 and was a member of the influential avant-garde Gruppo 63, along with Umberto Eco and Eduardo Sanguineti. He is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including "Blackout" and "Ipocalisse," and novels such as "Tristano," "Vogliamo Tutto," and "La Violenza Illustrata." During the notorious mass arrests of writers and activists associated with Autonomy, which began in 1979, Balestrini was charged with membership of an armed organization and with subversive association. He went underground to avoid arrest and fl ed to France. As in so many other cases, no evidence was provided and he was acquitted of all the charges. He currently lives in Rome, where he runs the monthly magazine of cultural intervention "Alfabeta2" with Umberto Eco and others.
    Review quote
    "Lucid, poetic, unforgettable."--"La Stampa"""The Unseen" isn't documentary writing, but it tells us far more than any documentary about a troubled phase in our history; how it was experienced, and most of all how it was lived in the imagination."--"Corriere della Sera"