Nanni Balestrini

On Nanni Balestrini, the Most Radically Formalist Poet of the Italian Scene

Franco 'Bifo' Berardi on the poetry of Nanni Balestrini

Extracts from Carbonia (We Were All Communists)

Selections from Carbonia (We Were All Communists), Balestrini's novel of class struggle in a mining town

Extracts from Blackout

Selections from Blackout, Balestrini's epic poem covering the movements of 1970s Italy.

Nanni Balestrini and the Poetry of the Italian Autonomia

Jamie MacKay considers Balestrini's autonomist poetry.

Extracts from We Want Everything

Selections from We Want Everything, Balestrini's novel of struggles at Fiat and Italy's "hot autumn".

Nanni Balestrini (1935-2019): "If you read this, you must no longer fear anything"

A selection of texts in memory of Nanni Balestrini, the Italian autonomist writer who passed away in May 2019. Originally published by Blackout, and re-shared by Enough Is Enough.

We Want Everything: A Novel - Nanni Balestrini

Fiat workers.

Nanni Balestrini’s fictionalized account of the Hot Autumn, in which a young worker from Italy’s impoverished south arrives at Fiat’s Mirafiori factory in Turin, where he finds himself in conflict with the bosses and the entire capitalist system.

Carbonia (We were all communists) - Nanni Balestrini

Nanni Balestrini, author of the intoxicating and maddening novel The Unseen, returns with yet another brilliant piece about class struggle in Europe. After a period of internment at a Nazi prison camp, Balestrini's narrator takes a job as a miner in the town of Carbonia -- from Germany to Italy to Australia, Balestrini's narrator remembers fighting with comrades against Nazi prison guards, cops, bosses, and scabs.

Two short stories - Nanni Balestrini

Nanni Balestrini was born in Milan in 1935. Known both as an experimental writer of prose and verse and as a cultural and political activist, he played a leading role in avant-garde writing and publishing in the sixties. His involvement with the extra-parliamentary left in the seventies resulted in terrorism charges (of which he was subsequently acquitted) and a long period of self-imposed exile from Italy.

The unseen - Nanni Balestrini

For a brief explosive period in the mid-1970s, the young and the unemployed of Italy’s cities joined the workers in an unexpectedly militant movement known simply as Autonomy (Autonomia). Its “politics of refusal” united its opponents behind draconian measures more severe than any seen since the war.