Antonio Gramsci: Selections from Political Writings by Antonio Gramsci

By Antonio Gramsci

Although he died as Benito Mussolini's prisoner, leaving in simple terms newspaper articles and fragmentary notes, Antonio Gramsci is now visible because the most vital Marxist philosopher because Lenin. This quantity is the 1st English translation of his writings on tradition, organically and coherently edited from his journalism and his felony Notebooks. Gramsci writes in regards to the well known and the good artists from Jules Verne to Dante, yet now not as such a lot of undying monuments. He sees works of art within the context in their reception and their absorption specifically cultures and histories. he's delicate to the politics of tradition in addition to to the calls for of philological scholarship, as his wonderful paintings on Dante during this quantity indicates. we have now during this publication Gramsci's altering perspectives on specific literary events and authors, in addition to his rules at the nature of proletarian and renowned cultural feedback. all through he's interested by cultural research and method instead of literary feedback on its own. The headnotes and footnotes ready by means of Forgacs and Nowell-Smith handle themselves either to the situations surrounding the composition of every phase and to the significant difficulties of up to date Gramsci scholarship. Antonio Gramsci is the twentieth-century author who has such a lot brilliantly and suggestively explored the binds that bind tradition and politics. The book of this assortment is an occasion of significant value for theorists of every kind.

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The field of struggle swifily became a tragic one: fire and flame, cannonades. machine·gun fire. many dozens killed. The majority of the congress was not moved by these events. The tragedy of the popular masses defending themselves desperately from cruel, implacable enemies was not able to render serious this majority made up of men with withered hearts and shrivelled brains, or inspire it with a sense of its own historical responsibilities. These men no longer live for the class struggle. no longer feel the same passions.

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