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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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    Title
    The Unseen
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nanni Balestrini, By (author) Antonio Negri, Translated by Liz Heron
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781844677672
    ISBN 10: 1844677672
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    DC22: 853.914
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 33
    DC22: 853/.914
    B&T Approval Code: A24243050
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000, FIC037000
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: PQ4862.A37 I513 2011
    LC subject heading:
    Edition
    2
    Edition statement
    2nd
    Publisher
    Verso Books
    Imprint name
    Verso Books
    Publication date
    02 January 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    NANNI BALESTRINI was born in Milan in 1935 and divides his time between Paris and Rome. A poet and novelist, he was a member of the influential avant-garde "Gruppo 63," along with Umberto Eco and Eduardo Sanguineti. He is the author of several volumes of poetry, including Blackout and Ipocalisse, and novels such as Tristano, Vogliamo Tutto, and La Violenza Illustrata.
    Review quote
    "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 "Lucid, poetic, unforgettable." La Stampa