Books for Burning
Between Civil War and Democracy in 1970s Italy
Publisher: Verso, London, United Kingdom
Year Published: 2005
Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX8416
Abstract: Books for Burning consists of 5 essays written during Italy's period of unrest during the 1970's. They cover the time from the factory based revolutionary organization "Workers' Power" to the self organized range of political tendencies of the "movement of 1977". Negri sought to respond to the struggles and also attempted to to influence their direction. Editor Timothy Murphy provides readers unfamiliar with Italian politics and autonomist Marxist thought a historical context in which to read these essays and to understand the ramifications for Negri: the Italian govrnment used the political pamphlets to supress movements to the left of the Italian Communist Party and blamed Negri and his followers for the assination of Aldo Moro. What followed was 10 years in prison and then another 14 years in exile. These essays are now more accessible to English speaking readers of Negri and after their publication more than thirty years ago gives the reader a chance to reflect upon his work.