First published in Italian in 1977, Mario Mieli's groundbreaking book is an early landmark of revolutionary queer theory - now available for the first time in a complete and unabridged English translation.
Among the most important works ever to address the relationship between homosexuality, homophobia and capitalism, Mieli's essay continues to pose a radical challenge to today's dominant queer theory and politics.
With extraordinary prescience, Mieli exposes the efficiency with which capitalism co-opts 'perversions' which are then 'sold both wholesale and retail'. In his view the liberation of homosexual desire requires the emancipation of sexuality from both patriarchal sex roles and capital.
Drawing heavily upon Marx and psychoanalysis to arrive at a dazzlingly original vision, Towards a Gay Communism is a hitherto neglected classic that will be essential reading for all who seek to understand the true meaning of sexual liberation under capitalism today.
Mario Mieli was a leading figure in the Italian gay movement of the 1970s, respected as one of the movement's most profound intellectuals. He committed suicide in 1983 at the age of 30. His work Towards a Gay Communism (Pluto, 2018) was considered a controversial classic of the era.
Foreword by Tim Dean Introduction by Massimo Prearo Translator's Preface by Evan Calder Williams Preface 1. Homosexual Desire is Universal 2. Fire and Brimstone, or How Homosexuals Became Gay 3. Heterosexual Men, or rather Closet Queens 4. Crime and Punishment 5. A Healthy Mind in a Perverse Body 6. Towards a Gay Communism 7. The End Appendix A: Unpublished Preface to Homosexuality and Liberation by Mario Mieli (1980) Appendix B: Translator's additional note from Chapter 1 Index