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The Unseen by Nanni Balestrini
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Jan 02, 2012 | ISBN 9781844677672

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“Lucid, poetic, unforgettable.”—La Stampa

The Unseen isn’t documentary writing, but it tells us far more than any documentary about a troubled phase in our history; how it was experienced, and most of all how it was lived in the imagination.”—Corriere della Sera

“Not just a beautiful novel … it is the story of part of a generation in our country, who dreamed a different future and believed in it, believed in the possibility of making it real.”—Linus

“What [Balestrini] narrates is not a fairy tale, but a terrifying experience. Not just his own, but also that of a lost generation who thought possible another world beside the world, who dreamt of workers’ power, of autonomy, who revolted against everything, school, family, clergy, political parties, “historical compromise,” State, police, boredom … The Unseen is, perhaps, the first true novel of the European Left.”—Libération

“Balestrini offers a very lucid document, which is both the memory and the assessment of a disoriented generation. The Left now has its novel.”—L’Événement du jeudi

“We should be grateful to Nanni Balestrini for having engaged his writing with this cruel sentimental education of a young man living in the seventies.”—Rossana Rossanda, il manifesto

“The political passion of the rebel Balestrini is equalled by his literary vocation … the finale is not unworthy of Bontempelli or Calvino.”—Il Giornale

“A work of high literary quality. Among many novels and elegantly crafted pieces of fiction … The Unseen has the courage to face an incandescent matter of reality, rich in implications that involve not only the literati but also a wider public.”—L’Unità

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