Gianfranco Sanguinetti's "Truthful Report on the Last Chance to Save Capitalism in Italy"
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It is with both pride and some embarrassment that we announce that we have once again translated Gianfranco Sanguinetti’s masterpiece, Truthful Report on the Last Chances to Save Capitalism in Italy, from French into English. We are proud of our most recent translation because we know that it is good, and a bit embarrassed by our previous translation, which we completed in 2005 (at a time when we were just beginning to teach ourselves to read French), because it wasn’t.
It appears that the idea for the Truthful Report (a denunciation of the Italian state’s use of terrorism to destroy working-class subversion) had its roots in conversations that Sanguinetti had with Guy Debord in the second half of 1972, that is to say, after the two men wrote, signed and published the document that officially dissolved the Situationist International (cf. La Véritable Scission dans L’Internationale, Editions Champ Libre, April 1972).
Sanguinetti probably began writing the text (then provisionally entitled The Class Struggles in Italy) some time after 3 January 1973, which was when Debord sent him a letter that sketched out its seven chapters and their respective topics. Debord also offered the following suggestion. “I believe the assured tone of Machiavelli, almost a parody of his chapter titles and many of his phrases, would produce a magnificent effect.” A comparison of Debord’s sketch and the final version of the book would show that Sanguinetti adopted all of his friend’s suggestions.</td><td><img title="You would ask for permission to tell the world you exist?" src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2012/bluemanlute.jpg"></td></tr>...
Sanguinetti completed most of the manuscript by March 1975, when he was arrested and imprisoned on ridiculous charges that were subsequently dropped. The rest of the book was finished in May and June. Debord began his translation of the manuscript into French in July, and finished it in October.
Attributed to Censor, an “intelligent conservative,” Rapporto verdico sulle ultima opportunita di salvare il capitalismo in Italia was first published in Italian by Bergio Scotti Camuzzi in Milan in July 1975. At first, only five hundred and twenty copies were printed. Each copy was numbered and then sent to an equal number of well-chosen Italian politicians, industrialists, union leaders and journalists. In October 1975, the book was reprinted by Ugo Mursia and sold on the commercial market. Thanks to the reviews that it received in the press, the book sold very well, and Mursia reprinted it twice to meet the demand. In January 1976, Sanguinetti wrote and published Prova dell’inesistenza di Censore, enunciate dal suo autore, which revealed that Censor did not exist and that he himself had written it. A scandal ensued. As before, Debord translated the Proofs of the Non-Existence of Censor from Italian into French.
In January 1976, Editions Champ Libre published both texts (plus selections from the book’s reviews in the Italian press) in a single volume entitled Veridique rapport sur les dernieres chances de sauver le capitalisme en Italie. In February 1976, under great pressure from the newspapers and the police, Sanguinetti attempted to leave Italy and re-enter France, from which he’d been previously deported in 1971. Refused entry, Sanguinetti took up temporary residence in Greece. By 1977, he was back in Italy, where he went on to write Remedy to Everything, which includes his best-known essay, “On Terrorism and the State.”
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