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We Want Everything by Nanni Balestrini

We Want Everything

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We Want Everything by Nanni Balestrini
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Jun 21, 2016 | ISBN 9781784783686

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“A fine example of a literary use of expressions that were then burgeoning in factories and mass meetings, caught between student unrest and worker fury.”
—Umberto Eco, author of The Name of the Rose

“In this fierce, compelling novel, Balestrini has found a way to individualise the universal, and universalise the individual, creating a document of the Italian labour struggles of the 1970s that has great value both as art and history. Balestrini becomes a channel for the working-class narrator, who stands for all the Southern masses who come north to the car factories to participate in the Italian ‘economic miracle.’ It’s a book which charted a new course for fiction, one that deserves further exploration.”
—Hari Kunzru, author of Gods Without Men

“We would do well to study how it was that Balestrini made politics and fiction and art, all in once place … one of the most compelling pieces of literature of the entire second half of the twentieth century.”
—Rachel Kushner, New Yorker

“One of the best novels of 2016 … Nothing could seem further from or more relevant to our historical moment.”
Chicago Tribune

“Only Balestrini … has succeeded in reconciling the tragic—epic spirit of the revolutionary movement and the ironic—combinatorial spirit of literary experimentation … [We Want Everything] is probably the most important Italian literary work of the 1960s.”
—Franco “Bifo” Berardi, author of Heroes and The Soul at Work

We Want Everything dramatically and ecstatically captures a historical moment. It is an exciting tale resplendent in emotion about a movement that engulfed the factories of Italy in the late 1960s and was part of a greater political and cultural challenge to the überlords of the world’s capitalist class”
—Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch

“As demands arise again that echo the demands of the period—less work, more pay, more leisure, guaranteed income—We Want Everything sends a stirring reminder that these are not new demands, and that although it is a new generation rising to the challenge, it is the same fundamental struggle that continues.”

“Balestrini was present during the ‘Hot Autumn’ he depicts in this arresting novel, and he follows the young Italian workers with a clear eye and spare prose.”
San Francisco Chronicle

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