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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And while Burns’ portrayal of the misery, degradation and widespread corruption was graphic enough, Malaparte is just merciless. There are other novels that touch on war with caustic humour.

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Giudicato per anni imbarazzante eccessivo e incredibile Ci dicono che ci sbarcheranno a Napoli, fra i primi che tornano. As its effects are so far reaching and so destructive, authors who analyze the relationship between this manner of thought and action in culture as it relates to violence are among the most meaningful, and by this standard Curzio Malaparte is, without qualification, a major force in philosophical literature.

You will find Naples. Curzio Malaparte To win a war – everyone can do that, but not everyone is capable of losing one. 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.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The Skin, by Curzio Malaparte. He later saw he was wrong in Born Kurt Erich Suckert, he was an Italian journalist, dramatist, short-story writer, novelist and diplomat. In describing the lives of homosexual men he meets, his is a great failure to understand the needs and emotions of others who are merely different in their sexual needs than he is and no more.


No, this queue about a mile long full of angry souls including Neapolitans, members of the Italian Government, The Pope, Blacks, Homosexuals, and Dwarfs, would want to give him a torrent of abuse.

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The man’s tension is incredible. I saw that he was crying as he spoke. Afterwards when everyone is eating stew at a field camp Malaparte looks distressed but remains silent.

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.

In quanto prigionieri di guerra la tutela americana cessava allo sbarco. To see what malaparrte friends thought of this book, please sign up. While it occupies some of the same satiric and moral ground as Heller’s Catch, it also shares some of the brilliance.

There is almost a process of healing to Malaparte’s description of atrocities; an exchange between the author and another person proceeds as such: Napoli negli ultimi giorni dell’occupazione nazista vissuti in prima persona dall’autore. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

My favorite chapter featured a fancy dinner where the Allied commanders and guests are served Spam with corn which horrifies Malaparte and a giant fish from the Naples aquarium fishing in the Gulf of Naples is forbidden because of mines which, to everyone’s astonishment and horror, looks like a young girl.

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We humans are creatures defined by perception, thought, and language, and the history of humanity teaches us that to wield language is to wield death. There is no tge, rather malapsrte series of incidents and episodes, involving [as far as I can gather] mostly real people, places and events. The protagonist, named Curzio Malaparte, observes, “It is a shameful thing to win a war.


Set almost entirely in Naples after the Allies landed, Malaparte weaves together commentary on the American national character with musings on the mid-century degradation of western civilization. However cruel and even sadistic his observations often are, he does show alot of compassion for the people of Naples and their often grotesque behaviour.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. It’s not a smin novel however, but rather a novel about morality. The book begins inwith Allied forces cementing their grip on the devastated city of Naples. He narrates one scene where American soldiers are paying money to see skon Neapolitan virgin.

It’s Malaparte’s bad conscience, he taunts, teases and titillates one minute, before punishing the reader with the vile and humiliating the next.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. It is so appropriate in that we have only our own skin to live in. Mwlaparte Malaparte could only be described as a literary chameleon.

New York Review Books’ decision to bring more of his work to a wider audience is in many ways one that is as enjoyable as it is noble. Why didn’t you drive them out by yourselves?