Tuesday, June 29, 2010

German Figurine Mark Crossed Swords

would be ironic that in Italy to question the abandonment of thinking is so exciting as that of Gramsci, which arouses so much interest in the world.

(Published in L'Unità, 26 September 1990 in the book Letters and Reviews)

Dear Editor, I read
(Unit 4 September 1990) the report of the debate held in Modena on "Gramsci in the political culture Italian "and subsequent short, but relevant, Renato Zang September 6. I do not mean the merits of the dispute, perhaps as much long-standing idle, about "the greater or lesser Gramsci's Marxism or Leninism", but I can not help but agree with the observations made by Zang: "The positions of Gramsci went beyond Lenin, and its historical role much beyond that to which we sometimes restricted translator of Leninism in Italy. "
Yet, what seems to me this is amazing and paradoxical: a figure with lines so original, deeply personal and national such as Gramsci might have been reduced, restricted or reduced in size - Norberto Bobbio has also seen - in the role of translator or "follower rather than a genuine thinker."
Equally paradoxical, though for different reasons, playing the love - and, I hope, too pessimistic - considerations Giuseppe Fiori, who complains of a certain indifference of Italian culture, the PCI and its cultural apparatus, against Gramsci. It would, indeed, strange that Gramsci's work as a historian and critic of contemporary society was designed in Italy to their removal, when in fact - as stated in the Flower - it continues today to collect continuing interest and, indeed, growing attention abroad.
This, moreover, has been widely documented in the recent international conference held in Formia between 25 and 27 October 1989 on the initiative of the Gramsci Institute, in which it was submitted several reports on the work of Gramsci fortune not only in major European countries and the United States, but also in many European Countries, like China, Japan and the Arab world. The same Norberto Bobbio - in a speech to the small of Deputies in Rome on the 50th anniversary of Gramsci's death, then re-released along with his other writings Gramsci in his remarkable new book and "Essays on Gramsci", Feltrinelli, 1990 - stressed the growing vitality of Gramscian thought in countries other than Italy and textually noted: "I happened to say at the end of a conference on Italian philosophy of recent decades, we imported everything and we were not able to export anything. Nothing except Gramsci, on which the English literature, French, German and U.S. is vast, dare I say bigger than on the Cross. "
would be really ironic, therefore, and this is really the province, giving up just yet in Italy to question the texts of Gramsci and give a thought to question in many ways still so stimulating hormone (a classic by now). This would preclude us not only knowledge of "a rare monument of human and literary and cultural experience and policy essential to the understanding of our recent past, but also give up the study of the only interpretation might really critical, original and contemporary anti-dogmatic Marxist historicism as ever. And give, also, to a "rare example of consistency between thought and action, between ideas and professed political commitment."
He would probably still need their own examples of such intellectual Italy in recent times? Italy, namely, the controversy instrumental and historical low profile against the Risorgimento and the Resistance?
Aldo Maiorano, Monza. In the beautiful square of


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