It was 1969, and temperatures were rising across the factories of the rth as workers demanded better pay and conditions. Soon, discontent would erupt in what became kwn as Italy's Hot Autumn. A young worker from the impoverished south arrives at Fiat's Mirafiori factory in Turin, where his darker complexion begins to fade from the fourteen-hour workdays in sweltering industrial heat. He is frequently late for work, and sells his blood when money runs low. He fakes a crushed finger to win sick leave. His bosses try to withhold his wages. Our cynical, dry-witted narrator will t bend to their will. I want everything, everything that's owed to me, he tells them. Nothing more and thing less, because you don't mess with me. Around him, students are holding secret meetings and union workers begin halting work on the assembly lines, crippling the Mirafiori factory with months of continuous strikes. Before long, barricades line the roads, tear gas wafts into private homes, and the slogan We Want Everything is ringing through the streets. Wrought in spare and measured prose, Balestrini's vel depicts an explosive uprising.Introduced by Rachel Kushner, the author of the best-selling The Flamethrowers, We Want Everything is the incendiary fictional account of events that led to a decade of revolt.
Nanni Balestrini was born in Milan in 1935 and was a member of the influential avant-garde Gruppo 63, along with Umberto Eco. He is the author of numerous volumes of poetry and novels including Tristano and The Unseen.