Prison Notebooks

Volume 1

Antonio Gramsci. Edited with an introduction by Joseph A. Buttigieg. Translated by Joseph A. Buttigieg and Antonio Callari

Columbia University Press

Prison Notebooks

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Pub Date: January 2011

ISBN: 9780231060837

608 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: February 1992

ISBN: 9780231060820

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Prison Notebooks

Volume 1

Antonio Gramsci. Edited with an introduction by Joseph A. Buttigieg. Translated by Joseph A. Buttigieg and Antonio Callari

Columbia University Press

Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) is widely celebrated as the most original political thinker in Western Marxism and an all-around outstanding intellectual figure. Arrested and imprisoned by the Italian Fascist regime in 1926, Gramsci died before fully regaining his freedom. Nevertheless, in his prison notebooks, he recorded thousands of brilliant reflections on an extraordinary range of subjects, establishing an enduring intellectual legacy.

Columbia University Press's multivolume Prison Notebooks is the only complete critical edition of Antonio Gramsci's seminal writings in English. The notebooks' integral text gives readers direct access not only to Gramsci's influential ideas but also to the intellectual workshop where those ideas were forged. Extensive notes guide readers through Gramsci's extraordinary series of reflections on an encyclopedic range of topics. Volume 1 opens with an introduction to Gramsci's project, describing the circumstances surrounding the composition of his notebooks and examining his method of inquiry and critical analysis. It is accompanied by a detailed chronology of the author's life. An unparalleled translation of notebooks 1 and 2 follows, which laid the foundations for Gramsci's later writings. Most intriguing are his earliest formulations of the concepts of hegemony, civil society, and passive revolution.

This is the first time ever that Gramsci's extraordinary Prison Notebooks are available in English as he wrote them in italian, in their fragemntary brilliance and their disconcertingly restless, unorthodox probity. Joseph Buttigieg's work is a monument of scholarship and of supple, deeply sensitive translation. When his work is completed in subsequent volumes a remarkable monument of human courage and intellectual resourcefulness will stand forth as never before.

Edward W. Said

Altogether a tremendous acheivement...This volume provides us with an immediate sense of the scale and diverseity of Gramsci's project.

Times Literary Supplement

Until Joseph A. Buttigieg's meticulous translation and critical attention to Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks, this invaluable text, a testimony to the most emancipatory thinking of our time, was available to English readers only in an artificially contrived form. Now Buttigieg's monumental and magesterial work is available in paperback. Scholars, teachers, students, activists, general readers—rejoice!

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University

A poignant record of [Gramsci's] thoughts from a Fascist prison cell, adding a human touch to a key political figure.

Terry Eagleton

Prison Notebooks is one of the fundamental texts of modern thought. Politics, cultural studies, philosophy, history, the dialectic—everything is here. Buttigieg's translation is a superb achievement."

Fredric Jameson
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chronology
Prison Notebooks
Notebook 1 (1929-1930): First Notebook
Notebook 2 (1929-1933): Miscellaneous I
Notes
Notebook 1: Description of the Manuscript
Notes to the text
Notebook 2: Description of the Manuscript
Notes to the text
Illustrations
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About the Author

Joseph A. Buttigieg is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English and a fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of A Portrait of the Artist in Different Perspective and has edited or coedited The Legacy of Antonio Gramsci, Criticism Without Boundaries, Gramsci and Education, and European Christian Democracy.