[Marxism] New Negri

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Oct 4 07:17:23 MDT 2005

(Rowan Wilson asked me to forward this.)



Between Civil War and Democracy in 1970s Italy


Edited and introduced by Timothy S. Murphy

Translated by Arianna Bove, Ed Emery, Timothy S. Murphy and Francesco Novello

Long before Antonio Negri became famous around the world for his 
groundbreaking volume Empire, he was infamous across Europe for the 
incendiary writings contained in this book. Books for Burning consists of 
five pamphlets that Negri wrote between 1971 and 1977, which attempt to 
identify and draw lessons from new conditions of class struggle that 
emerged in the course of the 1970s.

Conceived as organizational hypotheses intended for debate among the 
members of the political movements Workers’ Power (Potere operaio) and 
Organized Autonomy (Autonomia organizzata), these texts were later misread 
and misrepresented by the Italian state in its attempt to frame Negri as 
responsible for the assassination of former Italian president Aldo Moro, as 
the leader of the Red Brigades, and as the mastermind of an armed 
insurrection against the state. In the more than twenty-five years since 
their first publication, these texts have lost none of their originality, 
relevance or power to shock.

In a new preface, Negri demonstrates how his controversial work on empire, 
biopolitics and immaterial labor developed out of concepts and strategies 
first outlined in this book, and an editorial introduction analyzes the 
role these texts played in Negri’s trial and in the criminalization of the 
Italian radical workers’ movement.

Antonio Negri has taught philosophy and political science at the 
Universities of Padua and Paris; he has also been a political prisoner in 
Italy and a political refugee in France. He is the author of over thirty 
books, including Marx Beyond Marx, The Savage Anomaly, The Politics of 
Subversion, Insurgencies, Subversive Spinoza, and Time for Revolution, and, 
in collaboration with Michael Hardt, Labor of Dionysus, Empire and 
Multitude. He currently lives in Paris and Venice.

Timothy S. Murphy is associate professor of English at the University of 
Oklahoma. He is the translator of Antonio Negri’s Subversive Spinoza and 
co-editor of Resistance in Practice: The Philosophy of Antonio Negri.

October 2005 / 352pp

Paperback * 1 84467 034 1 * £16.99 * US $25 * Cdn $35


Editor’s Introduction: Books for Burning

Editorial Acknowledgements & Translators’ Note


Preface to the Italian Edition: 1997—Twenty Years Later and Prefatory Note 
to the English Translation

Crisis of the Planner-State: Communism and Revolutionary Organization (1971)

Workers’ Party Against Work (1973)

Proletarians and the State: Toward a Discussion of Workers’ Autonomy and 
the Historic Compromise (1975)

Toward a Critique of the Material Constitution (1977)

Domination and Sabotage: On the Marxist Method of Social Transformation (1977)


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