Curzio Malaparte, trans. from the Italian by David Moore. New York Review Books, $ trade paper (p) ISBN Curzio Malaparte () To win a war – everyone can do that, but not everyone is capable of losing one. I first read La pelle (The Skin, available in English translation) decades ago and was deeply affected by its merciless depiction of the misery.

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Born Kurt Erich Suckert, he was an Italian journalist, dramatist, short-story writer, novelist and diplomat. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. His journey through the aftermath of the war is like a relentless acid trip.

In one particularly moving passage that echoes the title of the wider work, Malaparte writes, Our skin, mlaparte confounded skin. It’s grotesque and at times surreal, but even when it’s surreal it gives the appearance of being real, because that’s war – so awful you can’t really believe it. A circus of horrors, The Skin might be seen as a celebration of the decrepitude its author witnesses, were one not to catch the overwhelming desire for justice that Malaparte as an author craves. Stylistically he approaches poetry, even in malaparet.

Once I had recited to him that verse from the Agamemnon of Aeschylus which runs, “If conquerors respect malapatte temples and the Gods of the conquered, they shall be saved”; and he had looked at me for a moment in silence. Customers who bought this item also bought. It is the fate of Europe to become Naples. In he was sent to cover the Eastern Front as a correspondent for Corriere della Sera. Also, this experience provided the basis for his two most famous books, Kaputt and The Skin They are malapafte more simple curzioo than the latter are simple victors.

Everything is made of human skin. Cannavale gave me a strange look. She is a twelve year old girl lying spreadeagled on a mattress in a hovel.


Is this a case of, I love the book but despise the writer? I was also repulsed at his broad homophobic statements at various parts of the book.

In between incarcerations he was an editor of a literary journal and of La Stampa for a time. Curzio writes pure poetry for pages at a time. Only the soul is immortal, alas! Mesmerizing reading and an old cliche I know but it is difficult to put down once started.

Narrates another where an American commander always serves his guests the ubiquitous spam accompanied by an exotic fish from the Naples aquarium because, due to German mines, fishing is banned in the bay of Naples. He was kicked out of the party for his free thinking and for lambasting both Hitler and Mussolini in various publications and exiled on an island for five years; subsequently he was arrested and imprisoned multiple times.


This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Why download is in arabic, not english or italian? That is, they force a story to bend ccurzio their agenda rather than attempting subtlety. However, if you are fighting simply to stay alive, i. He was kicked out of the party for his free thinking and maalaparte lambasting both Hitler and Mussolini in various publications and exiled on an island for five years; subsequently he was arrested and imprisoned multiple times.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. In considering the corollaries to Malaparte’s descriptions to the present time, the reader should recall the brutal photographs that came out of the Spanish Civil War that were almost identical to Goya’s sketches of the Peninsular War over a century before: Whatever the cause for his brilliant personality, Malaparte presents an unending source of joy in reading for those who will seek out his coruscating and often penetrating insights.

It seemed he did not realize he was crying, that he was sure there was someone else beside him who was crying for him. Curzio Malaparte and I have a strained and complicated relationship.


This exchange reveals something about the way in which Malaparte approaches his subject matter. Come siamo lontani dal granitico sistema di valori fascista! Malaparte gets to star in his own book, as himself. There is no narrative, rather a series of incidents and episodes, involving [as far as I can gather] mostly real ,alaparte, places and events.

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Anyway, I think there is an argument to be made that Malaparte was being deliberately provocative. The story of what happens at the invasion of Naples and the following years is extremely tragic and farcical as well. Yet other elements are brought together in this agonizing masterpiece. The questions I ask myself reading this book are: My favorite chapter feat This brutal, beautifully written novel about the arrival of American troops in Naples inand their two-year occupation, is sad but also deeply, darkly comical.

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: But, The Skin exposes Hemingway as a fraud. A novel you’ll be thinking about long after finishing.

The book begins in Naples in He changed his last name from Suckert to Malaparte, the opposite of Buonaparte — malpaarte a good place — the family name of Napoleon. But for mslaparte strong of stomach La pelle is a powerfully written panorama of mankind in extraordinary circumstances, both the good and the horrible, savorously spiced with all the idiosyncrasies of that ancient city by the beautiful Golfo di Napoli, whose people – as Malaperte emphasizes – have become through centuries of domination by others masters of survival curzioo gaming the system, every system.

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