Italian Autonomia Movement

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The Italian Autonmia movement during the mid 1970s sought ways to eliminate the strong capitalist structure of the Italian government, to provide and create equal opportunity in the work force, etc. The protagonist first hand account in Balestrini’s , The Unseen, the story retells achronologically of the movement’s actions and progression jumping back and forth from local actions to the protagonist’s imprisonment. Through the narrator’s choice in the achronological telling of the Italian Autonomia movement, the blurring of events between the occupation of the Catione by the movement and the subsequent prison uprising during his imprisonment emphasizes the fundamental repression of the movement. Additionally, the narrator demonstrates by blurring…show more content…
The Catione building goes from being an empty hall filled with lumber to eventually a hall filled instead with people excited to take action on the account of their beliefs. The prison revolt the protagonist experiences, describes the prison rebellion to rise in a similar fashion. “everyone felt most of all at that movement was the fact of being in control of this space the fact of freedom of movement all over this space and just the simple fact of free movement in a space bigger than the cell you were confined to released this whole general excitement.” (Balestrini 42) Before each (political action) occurred both situations describe the unity of individuals coming together to collectively make a stand and in the narrators use of space we are visually able to see this. As the group took over their relative spaces of occupation the inmates are weren’t able to leave their jail cells or the comardes able to leave house. The use of the prison cell can be transpose between both stories and is done in the use of the protagonist’s achronological retelling of the stories. The jail cell can represent the comrades thoughts boxed up and unable to take action until they decide open the doors and occupy a bigger space. Metaphorically, the prisoners and the occupation found a way to project their voice, which began to give them control in their protests but also against the political norms of the government that was trying to box them in. With this opening up of “space” and gaining of control excitement was possible in the comrades desire for
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