In striving to be darkly humorous, this novel, about the invasion of Italy during World War II, finds the darkness repeatedly and the humor almost. I first read La pelle (The Skin, available in English translation) decades ago and was deeply affected by its merciless depiction of the misery. Curzio Malaparte and I have a strained and complicated relationship. The Skin is set in war-ruined Naples, in late , at a time when Allied.

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Curzio Malaparte – Wikipedia

Mussolini’s regime arrested Malaparte again in,and and imprisoned him in Rome’s infamous jail Regina Coeli. In this regard, it would be remiss of me not to mention that this particular book is frequently criticised for its homophobia and racism, amongst other things. Cannavale gave me a strange look. And yet, there is such humanity, evident when he pleads with some frightened and inexperienced Americans to not move a wounded man, for he is dying, or when he goes searching for his dog, Skkn, 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.

On the whole, reading The Skin is a rare experience in the field of literature: Burns was an upper middle malapartte American idealist, so his primary reactions to what he saw in North Africa and Italy were outrage, disgust and disillusionment. Afterwards when everyone is eating stew at a field camp Malaparte looks distressed but remains silent. Accordingly, the novel’s narrator details the horrors he and the American soldiers he has befriended at the end of the war witness or have heard about: Burns’ tone is satirical or directly accusatory, while Malaparte’s is bitterly ironic, though Malaparte seems to manifest more sympathy for the Americans than Burns does.

Alla fine, credo che la fama di questo libro sia meritata, e per diverse ragioni.

Malaparrte savagely skewers the sacred sense of what it means to be the American liberators of Italy. Apr 03, David MacKinnon rated it it was amazing.

At the banquet Malaparte attends the served fish in question looks exactly like a girl child. Just as the Modernist ethos was born in the throes of the First World War and reaffirmed in the Second, September 11 and its roots in the language of politics will arguably define the philosophy of art for our generation.


Shades of Nabokov in his black humour. Non ho fatto alcuna fatica a credere al racconto di Malaparte.

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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To understand why this upset me you have to bear in mind that Malaparte wrote the novel while all this stuff [i.

In fact at this point the films of both Pier Paolo Pasolini and Alejandro Jodorowsky came to mind for the use of malaparrte and surreal imagery. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Curzio Malaparte’s The Skin — Music & Literature

Christ too would have died in vain if it were not possible for every man to become Christ and to save the world. View all 9 comments. I can see why you would say that, but Malaparte presents his work as non-fiction. He lambasts cowardice and heroes alike. That the hyper-fertile hinterland of Malapagte would in the post war skih provide almost a third of all agricultural produce in Italy, and that the Italians would provide the world with so many wonderful dishes, only makes it appropriate that some of the more amusing and richly imagined parts would revolve around food.

Also, this experience provided the basis for his two most famous books, Kaputt and The Skin Flat, “an impudent cynic.

Curzio Malaparte

If you stay in Europe for a bit you will become Neapolitans yourselves. Io in Russia e in Cinahis journal of the events, was published posthumously in There are shades of Iraq here — a populace bewildered by the conundrum of liberated or defeated and humiliated. In Germany you feel fascism was largely the extorting opportunism of the disenfranchised lower middle class and intellect was something it always sought to purge; in Italy fascism began its life as an aesthetic and thus had more backing from the malapxrte.

Although entirely impossible due to the fact of it being banned in the cityhad malapzrte been a book signing event held in Naples for ‘La Pelle’ The Skinthe pen of Kurt Erich Suckert Curzio Malapatre would in all likelihood stay firmly in the breast pocket of his suit. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Women and children are for sale and there is but malaprate virgin left in Naples—a young girl whose family offers her for display to American servicemen. Malaparte’s story is still shocking to read today, so I cannot even imagine what an impact it must have had just after the end of the war. It is ridiculous arrogance to believe that thinking oneself right and just etc actually makes it so.


Napoli negli ultimi giorni dell’occupazione nazista vissuti in prima persona dall’autore. I did not really get what he was saying with the foetuses at the end that he had not already said in Kaputt or the previous chapters of The Skin. Malaparte extends the great fresco of European society he began in Kaputt.

Probabimente tutte queste cose insieme. Curzio Malaparte and I have a strained and complicated relationship. Their appearance is miserable, their cruelty sad, their courage silent and hopeless.

After the Second World War, he became a film maker and moved closer to both Togliatti’s Italian Communist Party and the Catholic Church though once a staunch atheistreputedly becoming soin of both before his death. As a journalistic account, Malapatre two-dimensional portrait of male homosexuals in post-war Naples seems to have more to do with a malapsrte and unsettling prejudice than any attempt at empathetically understanding the viewpoints and feelings of others, and the moral sense with which the narrative is infused elsewhere is remarkably lacking in these long and tedious passages.

Cultura gay in Italian. As a surveyor of the ruins of the world he walks through, there is no deeper meaning to the struggles of the poor, merely competing ideologies determining their fates—Fascism, Communism, National Socialism, Capitalism—which leave little room for common ground.

View all 4 comments. And while Burns’ portrayal of the misery, degradation and widespread corruption was graphic enough, Malaparte malapartf just merciless. I like to take note of these reading serendipities which often happen to me. The questions I ask myself reading this book are: What saves maalparte, as an author, is his tremendous wit, his hugely impressive erudition and his ability to write so damn well.

There are other novels that touch on war with caustic humour. Come facevo a dargli meno di cinque stelle?