- Paperback: 572 pages
- Publisher: International Publishers Co; Later printing edition (November 24, 1971)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 071780397X
- ISBN-13: 978-0717803972
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gramsci was on of the foremost leaders of the Italian Communist Party; in his trial in 1927 the fascist Public Prosecutor proclaimed that his brain must be stopped from functioning for twenty years. Fortunately, Gramsci proved to be a devoted fighter in prison and his Notebooks furthered -in many points- the analysis of Marx and Lenin of how capitalism functions and how it could be overthrown.
Scholarship on Gramsci has advanced to the point as to discredit the editors' introduction and most of their notes. Hoare and Nowell Smith maintain that Gramsci's often obscure style was born out of a desire to hide what he was writing about from the prison censors, a widespread misconception that spread in English at least partly from their notes and partly from the influential essay by Perry Anderson, "The Antinomies of Antonio Gramsci." More recently it has been noted that given Gramsci's career it was highly likely he was writing about Marxism, and even his fascist guards would have realized this. His literary style has been deeply underestimated because of this conception. While he was constrained by material limitations such as not having access to a library and only being able to keep a certain number of notebooks in his cell at one time (plus the fact that they were notebooks, rather than fully fleshed-out works he intended for publication immediately), his writing is much clearer than he is given credit for.Read more ›
But in yet another retrenchment of yet another cruel decade, Gramsci has fallen off the map. The neocons wonder if Hillary Rodham Clinton is "angry" about things other than her man and Whitewater; the bohemian leftists wonder about Empire, or stay silent. Which is probably well enough, when it comes to the Gramscian corpus. For although this is the work of an ill-deserved confinement courtesy of one of the world's more notable totalitarian regimes, its stated aim is to be itself "totalitarian" in conception. Antonio Gramsci was something much more complex than a "freedom fighter", and his pronouncements regarding a multitude of subjects in this selection from his *Quaderni del carcere* deserve to be analyzed critically rather than merely sympathetically.
"Open Marxism" this is not: Gramsci has three major tasks, all of which are compatible with Leninist-Stalinist orthodoxy (whether Gramsci would have been in full sympathy with fully developed Stalinism is a question his being imprisoned moots).Read more ›
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Unfortunately, the kindle version still (true to July 2016) suffers from poor editing. Sentences like "In any case one can see today, with the changes in the traditional idea... Read morePublished 7 days ago by oded
Antonio Gramsci is one of the political writers to read in order to understand the development of Socialism/Communism in industrial Western Europe and the Red Scare in the United... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book is not light reading. It really is for academics and people interested in political resistance and theories of social and political protest. Read morePublished 2 months ago by CaringConsumer
Don't buy the kindle version. It's a hot mess. No page numbers, no chapter links, and completely unorganized. Actual book is probably great so get that instead.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is for the Kindle edition: Despite other reviews saying the Kindle version is readable: THIS IS NOT THE CASE. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Simon Lee
This is a review of the Kindle edition only. This is not a review of the content of the text. The Kindle edition is literally unreadable; it is simply a scan that was not even... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Alex Ross