Antonio Gramsci was the twentieth century's most original and wide-ranging Marxist thinker. His writing, particularly the Prison Notebooks, was very influential for left thinking; and the flexibility of his approach has helped to rescue Marxist thinking from the determinism and economic reductionism to which it has sometimes been reduced.
His creative use of terms such as hegemony, civil society and historic block has added a new dimension to political vocabulary. But the fragmentary nature of the notebooks means that it is not always easy to grasp the full significance of his ideas. This book, completely revised in 1991, when an introductory essay by Stuart Hall was included, provides an account of Gramsci's work which makes his writing accessible and comprehensible for the contemporary reader.
political book in the best sense … explains the most important ideas from
Gramsci's works in simple, straightforward language, considering their relevance
for a left strategy in Britain'
Anne Showstack Sassoon
clear, coherent account of Gramsci's main writings'
Times Literary Supplement
rigorous and polemical lifeline … distils from Gramsci's huge output the essence
of his theoretical contribution'