Negri on Negri

Negri on Negri

Negri on Negri

Negri on Negri

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ANNE DUFOURMANTELLE: I propose that we collaborate on a biographical and biopolitical abecedary, isolating words for each letter that have a particular meaning for you—thus, for example, A as in Arms, B as in Brigate Rosse, C as in Camp, and so on.

ANTONIO NEGRI: This would be a departure from the familiar conventions of the interview—and one that would give it a certain liveliness! It may also permit me to express myself in a new way, and to address topics I’ve never talked about before.

Since your thought is highly structured, this alphabetical device might serve to introduce a musical counterpoint.

I don’t know if I’d be capable of anything musical. But there is a sort of polyphonic motif that I’ve been living with for a long time, the motif of return, which is now at the center of my biography. This return has had different meanings: the first, quite obviously, has been that of a physical return to Italy after fourteen years of exile—and therefore in prison after fourteen years of liberty; a dramatic return that . . .

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