Antonio Gramsci: Selections from Political Writings by Antonio Gramsci

By Antonio Gramsci

Even though he died as Benito Mussolini's prisoner, leaving purely newspaper articles and fragmentary notes, Antonio Gramsci is now visible because the most vital Marxist philosopher seeing that Lenin. This quantity is the 1st English translation of his writings on tradition, organically and coherently edited from his journalism and his criminal Notebooks. Gramsci writes concerning the well known and the nice artists from Jules Verne to Dante, yet no longer as such a lot of undying monuments. He sees artistic endeavors 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 remarkable paintings on Dante during this quantity exhibits. we've during this booklet Gramsci's altering perspectives on specific literary pursuits and authors, in addition to his principles at the nature of proletarian and well known cultural feedback. all through he's concerned about cultural research and method instead of literary feedback on its own. The headnotes and footnotes ready by means of Forgacs and Nowell-Smith tackle themselves either to the conditions surrounding the composition of every phase and to the important 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 importance for theorists of every kind.

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This struaale must be waged in such a way as to show the great mass of the population that all the existential problems of the present historical period - the problems of bread, housing, light, clothes - can be resolved only when all economic power, and hence all political power. 8 To admit that entrepreneurial power in industry can be subjected to class, In other words, it must be waged in such a way as to organize all even or a formal kind, means to admit that the bourgeoisie has now effectively fallen rrom its historical position as the leading class [classe dirigentel and is effectively incapable of guaranteeing the ]X)pular guides all the productive forces to emancipate themselves by realizing limitations, and that industrial autocracy can become "democracy" masses their conditions of existence and development.

Freedom to hold meetings and to have their own premises for the purpose. 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.

No new slogan, no line has come out of this congress. In vain have the broad masses of the Italian people waited for an orientation. In vain have they awaited a slogan that would enlighten them, that would succeed in calming their anguish and giving a form to their passion. The congress has not confronted or resolved a single one of the problems which are vital for the proletariat in the present historical period: neither the problem of emigration, nor the problem of unemployment, nor the problem of relations between workers and peasants.

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