none. “A Barbed Gift of the Backwoods”

Gramsci's Sardinian Beginnings

  1. Ekers Michael,
  2. Hart Gillian,
  3. Kipfer Stefan and
  4. Loftus Alex
  1. Michael Ekers,
  2. Gillian Hart,
  3. Stefan Kipfer and
  4. Alex Loftus

Published Online: 16 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118295588.part1

Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics

Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics

How to Cite

Michael, E., Gillian, H., Stefan, K. and Alex, L. (2012) “A Barbed Gift of the Backwoods”, in Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118295588.part1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 17 DEC 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444339710

Online ISBN: 9781118295588



  • Approaches to Gramsci;
  • Antonu Su Gobbu;
  • barbed gift of the backwoods;
  • Tim Nairn


This chapter refers to Tim Nairn's essay “Antonu Su Gobbu” in his book Approaches to Gramsci. Nairn says of Antonio Gramsci that “He was a barbed gift of the backwoods to the metropolis, and some aspects of his originality always reflected this difference.” Together with John Berger's letter to Subcomandante Marcos about Gramsci's Sardinian birthplace, the mural of the young Gramsci's journey to a new political and intellectual life in the industrial heart of Italy frames Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics. John Berger's vivid meditation on Gramsci and Sardinia captures the key themes that tie the essays in this volume together. For Berger, Gramsci's political patience stems from his experiences of the Sardinian landscape. There is also a deep appreciation of Gramsci's relational style of historical materialism, which informs the introduction to the collection that follows Berger's piece and many of the contributions comprising Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics