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Vogliamo tutto

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la nuova edizione di un grande classico della letteratura del ‘900, sempre disponibile nel catalogo di DeriveApprodi.
Vogliamo tutto è un ordigno linguistico di calcolata potenza e di trattenuta passionalità. Passione e ironia si intrecciano con dosaggio sapiente ed esplodono insieme, dando vita a un libro che si può leggere in molti modi: come un resoconto delle lotte soci
Paperback, 192 pages
Published 2013 by DeriveApprodi (first published 1971)
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Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firmato
Chi voglia entrare in contatto con quello che è stato il '68 italiano dovrebbe prendere in considerazione questo libro. Seppure non sia né un saggio né un testo storico, la sua forma romanzesca è capace di restituire lo spirito di quegli anni.

Il testo ha uno stile molto particolare: prima di tutto Balestrini non fa uso di virgole. I pensieri, scritti in prima persona, sono formati da frasi unite in maniera paratattica. In più, il testo non è unitario ma è la risultante di vari paragrafi messi l
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Non è giusto fare questa vita di merda [...] Ora basta. Non ne possiamo più di essere della roba della merce venduta anche noi. Noi vogliamo tutto. Tutta la ricchezza tutto il potere niente lavoro. Cosa c'entriamo noi col lavoro. Cominciavano ad avercela su a volere lottare non perché il lavoro non perché il padrone è cattivo ma perché esiste.
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Proletarian novel written by the guy Rachel Kushner based her anarchist in The Flamethrowers off of. Good as hell, and the afterword in the 2013 edition is really insightful.
Alysson Oliveira
Potere operaio

“Sindicalistas, burocratas do Partido Comunista, falsos Marxistas-Leninistas, policiais e fascistas todos têm uma característica em comum. Têm muito medo da luta dos trabalhadores, da habilidade dos trabalhadores dizerem aos seus chefes e aos sevos dos seus chefes para irem para o inferno, e organizarem sua luta autonomamente, dentro e fora da fábrica”, argumenta o narrador de WE WANT EVERYTHING, romance do italiano Nanni Balestrini (Trad. Matt Holden).

O livro, originalmente de 19
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow wow wow. This is so good. "We want everything–all the wealth, all the power, and no work."

Taking place before The Unseen, Vogliamo tutto describes the Fiat uprising in 1969. While The Unseen can be read as a novel of repression, Vogliamo tutto is the story of when we were actually on the upswing. It's a story of workers rejecting their jobs, the unions, and the Parties. Balestrini's writing does am amazing job of capturing the energy and intensity of revolt and brings the reader to feel imme
Mohammed Morsi
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The introduction by Sonya Jeffrey is excellent, the description of Nanni Balestrini's work and the shift in the ideological chart of the world from the 70's and onward. A book about the struggle at the Fiat Mirafiori plant and a descriptive journey of the rise of the poor in societies where the rich have it all. The title we want it all!
Ουσιαστικά είναι μια μαρτυρία για τις απεργίες στη φίατ από την οπτική ενός εργάτη που το έζησε. Λογοτεχνικά δε λέει κάτι
Saturday's Child
This is a novel that I would have not chosen for myself, it was recommended to me. From time to time I will go out of my “comfort reading zone” and try something new which is why I decided to give this one my time. I may have enjoyed it more if I had a better understanding of that period of time and the environment that the workers found themselves in.
Erin Mayo
The story is an interesting concept, but I loathed the writing style. And the main character (narrator) just seems to me like a lazy ass who joins a cause just so he doesn't have to work anymore. Could have been so much better. I would not recommend this book.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best political novels I have read.

Balestrini's style of writing propels the reader, and the events in the second part of the book provide excitement and hope.

Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never read anything of this genre, communist literature, or maybe in less abstract terms I've just never read anything published by Verso haha, and I don't know how to review it. I came across this book through this leftist Chinese-Italian artist collective Wuxu, which translated it into Chinese and released it for free (which was also how I found the English translation, through libcom). It's set in the workerist (operaismo) strikes/rebellions of the 60s, about a protagonist from southern ...more
I picked this up from the New Books shelf at the library, I had no idea what I was getting into – it was a simple case of being attracted by its unusual cover and its Italian title. It turned out to be a kind of novelistic call-to-arms for economic reform, and it’s the first book of just two that have been issued by Melbourne micro publisher, Telephone Publishing.  But it’s a book that made quite a splash: there is an enthusiastic review by Chris Deti at Readings and it was Cameron Woodhead’s Pi ...more
I wish I were able to rate this book higher, but despite the fact that the positions that Baldestrini holds are still more valid and important than ever, I couldn’t help but dislike both the main character and the writing style of Baldestrini.
In his afterword Baldestrini writes that he wanted to "typify the behaviour of an entire social stratum in one person’s experiences, creating a collective character who would personify the protagonist of the great wave of struggles of those years, in whom a
Alberto Spadanuda
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Aside from the strike chapter where all you do is read through the series of events , mostly mentions of the brigades/engines/sectors that where participating in the strike at any point in time; the only other critique is the fact the the writer is born and raised in the north and the language he uses to let a southerner speak is not always believable or genuine, he furthermore characterizes the protagonist in a very stereotypical way (lazy, always looking for an excuse not to work or to cheat t ...more
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
en 1969 una serie de huelgas espontáneas centradas en las fábricas de Fiat sacudieron a la ciudad de Turín y llevaron a una confrontación con la policía que estuvo a punto de desembocar en una revolución. Balestrini toma el punto de vista de uno de los trabajadores de Fiat que participó en ellas y detalla las condiciones de la vida cotidiana que llevan a la organización espontánea que supera a la capacidad de los sindicatos, empresarios e incluso de los partidos comunistas.

Nuestro protagonista
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Definitely don't regret reading this, but I was disappointed as I expected something like The Unseen, which is one of my favorite books, and one of the best descriptions of what it feels like to be part of a movement. The scope of Volgliamo tutto is more limited than The Unseen as its about a Southerner migrating to the North for work, and ends up fighting against the factory-system and in the end work itself. It doesn't go beyond the summer of 1969 in Turin. The narrator then also is a bit of a ...more
Larry Davidson
Interesting story which made the Chicago Tribune 2016 best fiction list. It is fiction that reads as non-fiction. The narrator is meant to be a composite of an unskilled worker around 1969 in Southern Italy who migrates to Northern Italy to find employment and make a decent living. The first 40% of the story paints an unflattering image of the narrator as he bounces from job to job mostly trying to figure out how to game the system. He squanders whatever money he earns and doesn't seem concerned ...more
Elisa Belotti
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
"E finalmente ebbi la soddisfazione di scoprire che le cose che pensavo io da anni, da quando lavoravo, le cose che credevo essere solo io a pensarle, le pensavano tutti. E che noi eravamo veramente tutti la stessa cosa. [...] Questi pensieri che io facevo da molto tempo per cazzi miei, finalmente vedevo che erano quello che tutti pensavano e dicevano. E le lotte che fino allora facevo per cazzi miei contro il lavoro, avevo visto che erano lotte che tutti noi si potevano farle insieme e così vin ...more
Ola Hol
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must-read for activists. or right now for any Pole who is against the government. Some details of how the strike progresses are a bit tedious, but in general - a great book, about workers' solidarity, and the possibility of change. It features the strike in Italian Fiat factories in 1969 -and is written in an interesting way, where an individual perspective is tightly connected to the collective one - the protagonist/narrator is just one of many, but rather than conveying a message of being ju ...more
Maksim Karpitski
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I hadn't expected Vogliamo tutto to turn out quite so great. Frankly, I was expecting a narrative of some historical value, maybe old-fashioned modernist tricks and not much more. But this easily beats most books on history while being an envigorating piece of great fiction and a fiery political discourse all at the same time. This is what socialist realism should have been instead of bland hagiographic bullshit. Everything about it makes sense - from basic structure (two parts, one largely apol ...more
Ben S
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A novel that came out of the Italian Workerist movement, an unnamed protagonist travels from the south of Italy to work at Fiat, and engages in the struggles there.

Reading this makes me realize we need more leftist fiction, it is one thing to read theory, but there aren't enough books out there that get in to the feeling of struggle, that humanize these ideas. This book is one of those, from the pain of work, to the joy of organizing and the sense of power in fighting back, this book makes the i
This book is seething with anger. A different era, country, but same problems.Nothing changes.
We Want more money and less work. We want everything.
No to overtime, no push to always increase production.
Yes to Treat all workers equal.

When you give us a small raise it is nothing. Rent goes up, food, transportation, and we still have no money.

There's too much repetition in this short book. Feels like there just wasn't enough of a story so it was padded out with repeating work stoppages reports. At
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"All the stuff, all the wealth that we make is ours. Enough. We can’t stand it any more, we can’t just be stuff too, goods to be sold. Vogliamo tutto — We want everything. All the wealth, all the power, and no work. What does work mean to us. They’d had it up to here, they wanted to fight not because of work, not because the boss is bad, but because the boss and work exist."

Jason McKinney
The first half is engaging, informative and well written. The second half is like reading the world's longest, most dull newspaper article. Things perk up a little towards the end but it's a little late to remedy things.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
socialist realism but anti-work
Charlie Rosenthal
I didn't really "get" this book and I think it's probably because I'm American.
Katy Lasell
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Experimental, it grew on me, but sometimes the humanity disappears in the masses.
Jul 26, 2019 added it
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was interesting for a while but got super repetitive so I didn’t end up finishing it despite making it 75% of the way through.
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
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“ out, work’s a bad thing, he told me. You have to get up early, you have to listen to the boss all the time. If there’s no work you don’t eat, if there is work you have to work hard. Work is never good. Work seems good to you because it will let you to go out for pizza, go dancing, go to the movies. But when you have a family you won’t be going out for pizza, you won’t be going dancing. You’ll have to feed your family and then you’ll see how tough work is.
This is why you have to think hard about it. I’m not telling you to go to school or to get a job. I’m only telling you one thing: work is bad, so try to avoid it. I send you to school because I think that’s one way to avoid work. I felt this explanation, that work was a horrible thing, made more sense than what my mother had told me, that I was better. And I began to think that what my friends who’d gone to work in the building sites understood wasn’t true, either: that money equals work, and that therefore work equals happiness. I began to have doubts about my discovery that happiness meant going to work on a building site.”
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