Continuum Press, New York, London, 2003 Translated by Matteo Mandarini Original titles "La consituzione del tempo", 1997 (1981), "Kairos, Alma Venus, Multido" (2000)
* 1933, Padua, Italy
Charge: Intellectual force behind terrorism
Prison: Rebibbia Prison, Rome (Map)
In 1981 Antonio Negri had been in prison for almost two years pending trial. During this time he wrote "La consituzione del tempo". In 1999 Negri returned to prison after his exile in Paris to serve the remaining years in prison. During the second time in prison Negri he wrote "Kairos, Alma Venus, Multido", again in two years.
The time in prison given here calculates the two years for both books.
In the afterword to the essay "The constitution of time", Negri writes:
"But as I said at the beginning, this text is also incomplete. Not so much in its expository framework as in its theoretical development. Certainly this incompleteness is in part du to the history of the text. I worked on it with much effort and dedicated much time to it in the various 'special prisons' in which I found myself living in those years, between 1980 and 1981. Rome, Fossombrone, Palmi, Trani. It was in this last prison that during a fiercely repressed riot all my notebooks were destroyed in the piss and fire of the repressors, for no other reason than that dictated by the revenge of a rabble of cowardly and ignorant prison guards (nevertheless defended by the Public Prosecuters of the Republic who to this day are considered generous and heroic). At that point, stripped of everything, I was again transferred to the special wing of Rebibbia. Here without any notes other than those fixed in my head, I wrote the 'Prolegomena'. They too risked being pissed on and burnt in that period of prison riots; it did not happen, who knows why. ...", p.130-31