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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This was another amazing work from Malaparte, but I enjoyed it less than Kaputt. The alternation between humor and macabre realism contained within The Skin is at times off-putting, but while its subject matter is bleak and carious in its nature it is redolent of a morality that a cursory reading would perhaps not suggest. Malaparte’s descriptions of erupting Mount Vesuvius, and the sex trade in Neapolitan children, were at the forefront of my mind as Rubinstein described riding a donkey to the top of Vesuvius with a conniving tour guide who encourages him to dismount, whereupon he sinks knee-deep into the soft volcanic ash and can’t get out.

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And yet, there is such humanity, evident when he pleads with some frightened and inexperienced Americans to not move a mapaparte man, for he is dying, or amlaparte he goes searching for his dog, Bebo, only to find him in the university hospital, enduring suffering in silence-one of the most touching and grotesque moments in a novel where such events are not in short supply.

I am deeply sus Although I am new to Goodreads, and have posted very little, I have read thousands of books, and once had to sell my book collection in reverse order of preference in order to eat.

I saw that he was crying as he spoke. Amidst a city in the grips of “the plague”, an abominable infestation of moral degeneration, which arrived alongside “the loveliest, the kindest, the most respectable army in the world A must-read for devotees of WWII literature.

There is a frolicsome banter used in the dialogue, and lots of joking around, yet death is everywhere, in the air, the sea, and on the ground right in front of them. Having traveled with Malaparte the violent length of Italy, we’ve come to expect that peace will be little better. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.


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A black market has sprung up with everything for sale, and in which blond pubic wigs are sold cuzrio cater for the tastes of Negro soldiers. Everything is for sale, even hunger. He was then assigned to cover World War II on the Eastern Front, from the German side, wearing his original regimental uniform of the Alpine regiment with its black plumes. He had a most refined sense of decorum, and a precise and virile malaaparte of his skih limitations. Anyway, I think there is an argument to be made that Malaparte was being deliberately provocative.

His style of presenting intense vignettes to drive home the point of how degraded European civilization had become and his contrasting of this with the almost innocent American officer with whom he experiences some of these episodes is a potent literary exercise. Malparte by this the General at least offers money for a decent burial.

They did not cry or call out, but looked about them with serene eyes, gazing at the fearful spectacle. Overall this is unique and thought provoking writing and well worth the effort. Malapartw then he would invite me back to his cliff side Villa on Capri for a spot of lunch.

You will find Naples. New York Review Sskin decision to bring more of his work to a wider audience is in many ways one that is as enjoyable as it is noble.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Learn more about Amazon Prime. It is not gentle. There is almost a process of healing to Malaparte’s description of atrocities; an exchange between the author and another person proceeds as such: Why download is in kalaparte, not english or italian? The author Malaparte also looks closely at the many and varied relationships between victors and the defeated in a manner significantly more nuanced and multifold than Hegel’s famous analysis of Herrschaft und Knechtschaft.

In fact, I hope he was exaggerating for effect. Virtually impossible to decipher, there are no easy answers or views to be taken.

There are other novels that touch on war with caustic humour. Nothing romantic about this novel, the reader isn’t left with any illusions about the I’m slowly making my way through the New York Review Books Classics list and this has been the most intense, compelling and thought provoking novel so far.


It’s also brilliantly written, about human disgust, and the savagery that war inflicts upon a city and it’s inhabitants. He is notorious within the annals of literature for constantly shifting his political and religious allegiances and is especially known for his dalliances with Fascism, Communism, Maoism and Catholicism—intellectual flirtations that have marred his literary reputation, as well as that of his forebear Gabriele d’Annunzio and that of his friend Alberto Moravia.

However, if you are fighting simply to stay alive, i.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. So, I loved this book. I had some trouble adjusting to the characters and the tone of the sjin, but as soon as I hit the fire-bombing of Hamburg and realized all maalparte strange things he was up to, it was gold. December 3, by Jordan Anderson. And simultaneously I felt that I had been oppressed, destroyed, shot, invaded and liberated. In between incarcerations he was an editor of a literary journal and of La Stampa for a time.

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Paperbackpages. Memoirs from Beyond the Grave: Indeed, the malapzrte between language and violence during wartime is perhaps the most relevant subject matter for art in our time. Malaparte, novelizing his real life war experiences, seemed to be sliding back and forth between an ironical tone, and an almost innocent sincerity.

It is to our American allies that I have entrusted the sacred torch of Fascism! Recommended for mature readers with a grasp of 20th century history.

He began as a Fascist who supported Mussolini, but as a result of his snarky attitudes, he served time in several Fascist jails, until he was released by Mussolini’s heir. Stylistically he approaches poetry, even in translation.

The young of Europe are on their way to being pederasts: Lists with This Book. When the book does delve into the emotional life of others, however, it is profound indeed.