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To Live Is to Resist

The Life of Antonio Gramsci

Jean-Yves Frétigné

To Live Is to Resist

Jean-Yves Frétigné

Translated by Laura Marris
Foreword by Nadia Urbinati
328 pages | 1 line drawings, 1 tables | 6 x 9
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780226719092 Will Publish November 2021
E-book $34.99 ISBN: 9780226719122 Will Publish November 2021
This in-depth biography of Italian intellectual Antonio Gramsci casts new light on his life and writing, emphasizing his unflagging spirit, even in the many years he spent in prison.
 
One of the most influential political thinkers of the twentieth century, Antonio Gramsci (1891–1937) has left an indelible mark on philosophy and critical theory. His innovative work on history, society, power, and the state has influenced several generations of readers and political activists, and even shaped important developments in postcolonial thought. But Gramsci’s thinking is scattered across the thousands of notebook pages he wrote while he was imprisoned by Italy’s fascist government from 1926 until shortly before his death.

To guide readers through Gramsci’s life and works, historian Jean-Yves Frétigné offers To Live Is to Resist, an accessible, compelling, and deeply researched portrait of an extraordinary figure. Throughout the book, Frétigné emphasizes Gramsci’s quiet heroism and his unwavering commitment to political practice and resistance. Most powerfully, he shows how Gramsci never surrendered, even in conditions that stripped him of all power—except, of course, the power to think.
 
Contents
Foreword
Nadia Urbinati
Part I           From Sardinian Gramsci to National Gramsci (1891–1915)
1                      In Sardinia (1891–1911)
2                      A Poor Student in Turin (1911–1915)
Part II          From National Gramsci to Internationalist Gramsci (1915–1922)
3                      A Socialist Journalist, Marginal and Original (1915–1919)
4                      From the Experience of L’Ordine Nuovo to His Departure for Moscow (1919–1922)
Part III        The Bolshevik (1922–1926)
5                      In the Service of the Comintern (May 1922–May 1924)
6                      At the Head of the New Communist Party of Italy (May 1924–November 8, 1926)
Part IV        The Prisoner (November 8, 1926–April 27, 1937)
7                      For Twenty Years, We Must Stop This Brain from Functioning (November 8, 1926–July 19, 1928)
8                      The Prisoner and the Philosopher (July 19, 1928–November 19, 1933)
Epilogue: November 19, 1933–April 27, 1937
English Editions of Gramsci’s Writings
Selected Chronology of Gramsci’s Life
Appendix A: Family Tree of the Schucht Family
Appendix B: Overview of Gramsci’s Visits and Visitors between May 1927 and His Death in April 1937
Notes
Translator’s Note and Acknowledgments
Index
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