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.

Submitted by wojtek on July 6, 2012

Nanni Balestrini, the poet of youth rebellion, himself a victim of that repression, has invented a remarkable fictional form to express the hopes and conflicts of the movement. In spare but vivid prose, The Unseen follows Autonomy’s trajectory through the eyes of a single working-class protagonist—from high-school rebellion, squatting and attempts to set up a free radio station to arrest and the brutalities of imprisonment. This is a powerful and gripping novel: a rare evocation of the intensity of commitment, the passion of politics.

The Unseen is also available for purchase at Verso here.



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Submitted by borzoj on January 23, 2013

The original PDF is laid out for printing and binding, it's real pain to read it.
Here is onelaid out with a sinlge page of the book per one page of the PDF:


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Submitted by Steven. on January 23, 2013

Brilliant, that's much better! I was sorely disappointed when I put the original one on my Kindle and the text was too tiny to read.

Dan Radnika

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Submitted by Dan Radnika on November 26, 2016

I've added the epub and mobi versions for those of us who read stuff on a kindle or a phone or whatever.


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Submitted by Craftwork on May 20, 2019

Nanni Balestrini died today (20th May).