Vogliamo Tutto

“Noi vogliamo tutto: We want everything – all the wealth, all the power, and no work.”

Torino, 1969. Fiat’s giant Mirafiori plant is a magnet for thousands of young southern workers, who go north to escape oppression, poverty and underdevelopment and find only exploitation and abuse on the assembly lines. “Vogliamo tutto” – “We want everything” – is the chant of angry workers in the wildcat strikes during this season of rebellion that sparked a decade of political upheaval in Italy. And Vogliamo tutto is the story of one young southerner’s experiences, a story of emigration, the revolt against work and the birth of political consciousness.

Drawing on interviews, flyers and the movement’s bulletins, Nanni Balestrini documents these workers’ experiences on the factory floor, in the meetings and demonstrations and, finally, at the barricades to create a poetic remix of a novel, a searching documentary and a call to arms for a just society.

“Only Balestrini … has succeeded in reconciling the tragic-epic spirit of the revolutionary movement and the ironic-combinatorial spirit of literary experimentation … Vogliamo tutto is probably the most important Italian literary work of the 1960s.” – Franco Berardi(Bifo)

Nanni Balestrini, a poet, author and visual artist, was born in Milan in 1935 and now lives in Rome. In the early ’60s he was a member of the poetry group Novissimi and, along with Umberto Eco and Eduardo Sanguinetti, of Gruppo 63, which brought together writers of the Neoavanguardia movement. In 1961 he composed Tape Mark I, the first poem made using the combining possibilities of an early IBM computer.He is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including the Signorina Richmond cycle and Blackout. His novels include La Violenza Illustrata, L’editore (on the death of publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli in a supposed terrorist action) and Gli Invisibili. He was also involved in founding the cultural magazines Il Verri, Alfabeta and Zoooom.Balestrini was a founding member of far-left group Potere Operaio and a supporter of Autonomia Operaia. In 1979, along with many other intellectuals and activists in Italy’s extra-parliamentary left, he was accused of membership of an armed organisation and with subversive association. He fled to France to avoid arrest, where he lived in exile until the charges were dropped in 1984.

Designed by Warren Taylor.

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