Friday, October 22, 2010

Gramsci and social change

Published for the first time in English, Antonio Santucci's book Antonio Gramsci is a brilliant short introduction to the life and work of one of the most important revolutionaries of the 20th century.

Written by Chris Nineham CounterFire

Antonio Santucci, Antonio Gramsci (Monthly Review Press 2010), 176 pp.

This book is particularly welcome because so many other commentators have distorted Gramsci’s politics. Ever since the publication of his Prison Notebooks in 1948 influential commentators from the left and academia have tried to present Gramsci as a gradualist or a ‘cultural’ Marxist.

Even the more perceptive studies tend to try and distinguish Gramsci from the classical revolutionary Marxist tradition, arguing that he developed a uniquely open, undogmatic Marxism.

Read more HERE.

“This book is a brilliant and stimulating synthesis of Gramsci’s life and thought. Students and scholars alike will find it extremely rewarding. Antonio A. Santucci brings to the study of Gramsci a fine historical sensitivity and a rigorous theoretical depth.”—Benedetto Fontana, Baruch College, author of Hegemony and Power: On the Relation Between Gramsci and Machiavelli.

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