Modernity, Myth and Memory
Chapter 4 - Between Politics and Culture: Il Baretti and Literary Publishing in Turin from 1922 to 1928 175
Chapter 4 Between Politics and Culture: Il Baretti and Literary Publishing in Turin from 1922 to 1928 It should be clear by now that Gobetti was no ordinary editor or politi- cal activist. It is dif ficult to define a figure who, in his ef forts to form a strong intellectual network to prepare for the ‘liberal revolution’ that would eventually overthrow both Mussolini and liberal Italy, was at the same time willing to rise above politics to the extent that even fascists could be admitted to the fold. One of Gobetti’s great talents was in making con- nections, forming and tapping into networks and communities of writers, publishers and political activists, whether in the south, the PPI press, or the literary world of ‘little reviews’. It is to the literary world that this chapter now turns. Il Baretti was Gobetti’s longest lived journal and the only one that continued after his death and under fascist censorship. The fact that a literary journal became one of his f lagship publications is testament to his intellectual versatility, broadness of vision and his capacity for organis- ing and harnessing diverse intellectual energies to his own project. Even a glance at it reveals the importance of this apparently purely literary journal to Gobetti’s long-term liberal revolution project, forcing the historian to rethink the traditional interpretation of Gobetti as a political theorist. Here it it considered in the context of Turin’s post-war literary scene, which was becoming more exciting over the course of the...
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