Neglected by the critics and omitted in many bibliographies, probably due to its semi-clandestine publication almost thirty years after its composition, Les Yeux invisibles is one of Nanni Balestrini’s most singular and unclassifiable books, starting with the paradoxical definition of “roman” that appears on its cover. Structured as a complex sequence of texts and images, it occupies a position halfway between the literary and poetic texts and the visual production of the author; cut up, collage, and montage impose a discontinuous rhythm to its pages, with continuous jumps and deviations which in appearance discourage any claim of coherent narration. The essay offers a critical account of Les Yeux invisibles in the context of Nanni Balestrini’s personal and literary life.
Chiodi, S. (2018). The Cruel Radiance of What Is. IL VERRI(66), 65-78.