The Writer and the People

Alberto Asor Rosa

The Writer and the People

Alberto Asor Rosa

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Matteo Mandarini
384 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780857423429 Will Publish November 2017 World sales rights except India
Originally published in 1965, The Writer and the People was one of the key books in the revitalization and invigoration of the young Left in late-1960s Italy. Aiming to demystify the myth of populism, Alberto Asor Rosa takes on Marxism and its legacy, the relationship between Fascism and the Left, the prospects for militant anti-Fascism, and more. He does so through detailed reconstructions, analyses, and critiques of some of the central figures of modern Italian literature, including Giovanni Verga, Carlo Casola, Antonio Gramsci, and Pier Paolo Pasolini. Translated into English for the first time, The Writer and the People is both a historical text, helping us understand postwar Italian politics and society, and a living document, able to educate and inspire left-wing activists today.
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