ANTONIO GRAMSCI- A Great & Terrible World: The Pre-Prison Letters, 1908-1926


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This collection of letters shows Gramsci beginning to form the theoretical concepts that come to fuller fruition in the Prison Notebooks, but they also give an essential and rounded picture of Gramsci’s development, politically, intellectually and emotionally – the latter especially through letters to his family and wifeJul’ka.

The letters constitute a fascinating insight into the period, both with regard to the Communist International and to Italian politics. The volume includes the famous letter of 1926 in which Gramsci criticises the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party for their handling of internalopposition.

The approximately 200 letters include some newly found and published for the first time. The collection begins with letters to Gramsci’s family as a student in Cagliari and ends with the last letter he wrote before his arrest in 1926. It includes a general introduction, a guide to the main personalities involved, and additional contextual information for eachchapter.

Antonio Gramsciwas an Italian Marxist theoretician and politician. He wrote on political theory, sociology, linguistics. He was a founding member and one-time leader of the Communist Party of Italy and was imprisoned by Benito Mussolini’s Fascist regime. Gramsci is best known for his theory of cultural hegemony, which describes how states use cultural institutions to maintain power in capitalist societies.


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