none. How to Live with Stones

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

Published Online: 16 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118295588.part2

Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics

Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics

How to Cite

Michael, E., Gillian, H., Stefan, K. and Alex, L. (2012) How to Live with Stones, in Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118295588.part2

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444339710

Online ISBN: 9781118295588



  • Ghilarza;
  • Gramsci;
  • Sardinia;
  • sense of time;
  • stones


Antonio Gramsci is arguably the least dogmatic of our century's thinkers about revolution. Gramsci's special patience came from a sense of practice, which will never end. He saw close-up, and sometimes directed, the political struggles of his time, but he never forgot the background of an unfolding drama whose span covers incalculable ages. Gramsci went to school, from the age of 6 until 12, in the small town of Ghilarza in central Sardinia. When Gramsci was four, he fell to the floor as he was being carried, and this accident led to a spinal malformation, which permanently undermined his health. He did not leave Sardinia until he was 20. In the hinterland around Ghilarza, as in many parts of the island, the thing one feels most strongly is the presence of stones. The island probably gave Gramsci or inspired in him his special sense of time.