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We Want Everything

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Explosive novel of Italy’s revolutionary 1969 by leading Italian novelist

It was 1969, and temperatures were rising across the factories of the north as workers demanded better pay and conditions. Soon, discontent would erupt in what became known as Italy’s “Hot Autumn.”

A young worker from the impoverished south arrives at Fiat’s Mirafiori factory in Turin, where his darker
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Verso Books (first published 1970)
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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!
Gerardo
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
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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
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xDEAD ENDx
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
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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
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
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.
Lisa
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
Emilio
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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Larry Davidson
Dec 25, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Ola Hol
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Pamela
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
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Jim
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.

Will
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-left
What they said in my words:
We want everything: the factory, the capitalists, power over production, the politicians, the entire GDP, limitless workers' rights, social services, autonomous organization, an end to corrupt trade unions, our voices multiplied over endless loudspeakers, control over all the means of production, the highest wages, an end to exploitation, the bosses to burn, an end to overproduction and overtime, the ability to decide when to work and where, basic sustenance, to work l
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Adam
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Chytlavé! Román, který zachycuje počátek Horkého podzimu (1969) v italském Fiatu. Parádní jsou vidlácká angličtina (italština) vypravěče, rychlý spád a nadčasové claimy:

“Then there’s the matter of working hours. Eight hours of work, if not nine or ten, that destroy the worker completely. So not much energy is left for him to communicate with other workers and organise politically.”

“We demand a guaranteed wage, we demand to be paid according to our needs, whether we are working or whether we are
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Alessandro Gazoia
Vogliamo tutto di Nanni Balestrini viene pubblicato da Feltrinelli nell'Ottobre del 1971, a più di due anni di distanza dai fatti narrati nella seconda parte del libro (le lotte sindacali alla Fiat di Maggio-Luglio 1969 che "aprirono" l'Autunno caldo) e un anno e mezzo dopo lo Statuto dei Lavoratori (legge 300 del 20 Maggio 1970), conseguenza quasi diretta dell'Autunno caldo e anche della "mediazione sindacale" (ferocemente combattuta dall'autore, nell'azione quotidiana e nel romanzo) di quelle ...more
Leonardo
Dec 22, 2015 marked it as to-keep-ref  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italia
Los cuentos de Nanni Balestrini acerca de la lucha de clases en Italia en los ‟60 y ‟70 toman esta determinación positiva de ser–contra. Ver en particular Vogliamo tutto (Milan: Feltrinelli, 1971).

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Matthew Martens
Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it
But we don't know how to get it.
ΠανωςΚ
Πολύτιμο πολιτικά, ιστορικά, ιδεολογικά. Λογοτεχνικά βαρετό. Ισως αν το διάβαζα νωρίτερα, σε μια πιο κατάλληλη ηλικία, ας πούμε στα 18-20 μου, να το έβρισκα συναρπαστικό.
Ivano Porpora
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Libro meraviglioso, potente. Non lo conoscevo, e credo faccia parte di quella letteratura dimenticata.
È un peccato.
Beñat Irasuegi
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politika
Edozein #EHID kidek irakurri beharko luken liburua.
Shelley Ettinger
Exhilarating. Magnificent. Boy I needed a book like this right around now. In your face, pig Trump and your whole pig class. We'll come roaring back soon.
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Nanni Balestrini is an Italian experimental poet, author and visual artist of the Neoavanguardia movement.
Nanni Balestrini is associated with the Italian writers movement Neoavanguardia. He wrote for the magazine Il Verri, co-directed Alfabeta and was one of the Italian writers publishing 1961 in the anthology I Novissimi. During the 1960s, the group was growing and becoming the Gruppo 63, Balestr
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