The Unseen

The Unseen

Nanni Balestrini


For a quick explosive interval within the mid-1970s, the younger and the unemployed of Italy’s towns joined the staff in an all of sudden militant stream recognized easily as Autonomy (Autonomia). Its “politics of refusal” united its competitors at the back of draconian measures extra serious than any visible because the war.

Nanni Balestrini, the poet of minor uprising, himself a sufferer of that repression, has invented a extraordinary fictional shape to precise the hopes and conflicts of the flow. In spare yet bright prose, The Unseen follows Autonomy’s trajectory throughout the eyes of a unmarried working-class protagonist—from high-school uprising, squatting and makes an attempt to establish a unfastened radio station to arrest and the brutalities of imprisonment. this can be a strong and gripping novel: an extraordinary evocation of the depth of dedication, the eagerness of politics.

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