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Milan

THE COMRADE FROM MILAN

BY ROSSANA ROSSANDA

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“The Italian Communist leadership of the generation of 1943-45 is exceptional: it has been described with wonderful skill in Rossana Rossanda’s recent autobiography.” — Eric Hobsbawm, LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v29/n08/eric-hobsbawm/cadres

“Rossanda’s autobiography is the best book of the year.” – LA STAMPA

“For nearly four decades, Rossanda has been Manifesto’s most individual editorialist and commentator … a unique signature in the Italian press.” – NEW LEFT REVIEW: http://www.newleftreview.org/?view=2708

“Honest and painful … party, relationships, victories and, most of all, defeats compose a memorable fresco and a precious testimony.” –  LA REPUBLICA

“A beautiful book, full of poetic pages, written in an elegant and evocative Italian reminiscent of Natalia Ginzburg.” – CORRIERE DELLA SERA

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In this much-lauded memoir, acclaimed for its blend of literary elegance and political passion, Rossana Rossanda, a legendary figure on the Italian left, reflects on a life of radical commitment.

Active as a communist militant in the Italian Resistance against fascism during World War Two, Rossanda rose rapidly in its aftermath, becoming editor of the Communist Party weekly paper and a member of parliament. Initially a party loyalist, she was critical of the party’s conservatism in the face of new radical movements and moved into oppositionduring the late 1960s. The breach widened after she and others publicly opposed the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and were expelled in 1969. She went on to help found the influential paper IL MANIFESTO, which remains the most critical daily in Berlusconi’s Italy.

Her unique experience enables her to reconstruct that period with flair and authority. She paints a revealing picture of fascism, communism, post-war reconstruction and the revolts thatshook Europe in the 1960s.

In THE COMRADE FROM MILAN, one of the most influential intellectuals of the European Left relives the storms of the twentieth century. Both cool-headed and precise, Rossanda provides a rare insight into what it once meant to be politically engaged.

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ROSSANA ROSSANDA is one of the founders of IL MANIFESTO and a regular contributor to NEW LEFT REVIEW. She is the author of numerous books, including LE ALTRE, CONVERSAZIONI SULLE PAROLE DELLA POLITICA, UN VIAGGIO INUTIE, ANCHE PER ME, APPUNTAMENTI DI FINE SECOLO with Pietro Ingrao et al., LA VITA BREVE with Filippo Gentiloni and Brigate Rosse, UNA STORIA ITALIANA with Maria Moretti and Carla Mosca.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 420 6 / £29.99 / $49.95 / Hardback / 400 pages

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

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OURS TO MASTER AND TO OWN

From: Brooklyn Graduate Center For Worker Education: yoshi.board@gmail.com

Join us in celebrating a book event for

Ours to Master and to Own: Worker Control – From the Commune to the Present

By Immanuel Ness & Dario Azzellini (Eds.)

June 23rd at 6pm
Brooklyn College Graduate Center (CUNY)
25 Broadway, 7th fl New York, NY 10004
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From the dawning of the industrial epoch, wage earners have organized themselves into unions, fought bitter strikes, and have gone so far as to challenge the very premises of the system by creating institutions of democratic self-management aimed at controlling production without bosses. Looking at specific examples drawn from every corner of the globe and every period of modern history, this path breaking volume comprehensively traces this often under-appreciated historical tradition.

Ripe with lessons drawn from historical and contemporary struggles for workers’ control, Ours to Master and to Own is essential reading for those struggling to bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old.
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Purchase ‘Ours to Master and to Own’: http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Ours-to-Master-and-to-Own

 

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Global Capitalism

GLOBAL CAPITALISM AND TRANSNATIONAL CLASS FORMATION

September 16 -18th, 2011
Academy of Sciences
Prague, Czech Republic
Sponsored by the Global Studies Centre, Prague and the Global Studies
Association of North America.

Keynote Speakers: William Robinson and Leslie Sklair

This will be the first international conference devoted to transnational capitalist class theory and global class formation. Over the past decade a growing body of work has established TCC theory as an important theoretical approach for examining global capitalism. The conference will provide a place to share research, debate and explore this newly emerging school of social/economic analysis.

Papers topics can include: transnational capitalist class and working class formations; transnational capitalist class and national capitalist class relations; elite networks; immigration and migration; global capitalism; production networks and commodity chains; global finance; transformation of the nation-state; the transnational state; transnational governance; information technology and globalization; the military/industrial complex and state.

Registration Fees: $80.00 U.S.
Conference web site: http://cgs.flu.cas.cz/redaction.php?action=showRedaction&id_categoryNode=1763

Abstracts should be sent to:
Marek Hrubec, Director of the Global Studies Centre, Academy of Sciences, Prague.
marek.hrubec@gmail.com
Jerry Harris, Organizational Secretary of the Global Studies Association, North America
gharris234@comcast.net
Deadline for Abstracts is June 30th.

International Organizing Committee: William Carroll, Canada; Johannah Fahey, Australia; Jerry Harris, U.S.; Marek Hrubec, Czech Republic; Georgina Murray, Australia, Bill Pelz, U.S.

 

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