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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Even you know it isn’t true that Christ saved the world once and for all. Malaparte – “the city was like a malaparge of cow dung, squashed by the foot of a passer-by”.

Anyway, I think there is an argument to be made that Malaparte was being deliberately provocative. It is not gentle. Share your thoughts with other customers.

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On dkin whole, reading The Skin is a rare experience in the field of literature: 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. When asked about the difference between American’s and Europeans, he states with a ridiculous air of superciliousness, “The difference,” The book begins in Naples in I feel that this book has a unique voice in WW-II literature.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And while Burns’ portrayal of the misery, degradation and widespread corruption was graphic enough, Malaparte is just merciless.

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The most mortal thing in the world! Proteggendoci l’un l’altro dagli assalti di chi ci vedeva in furzio tanto migliori raggiungemmo le carrozze stringendo la propria roba chi in un sacco da marinaio chi in una federa ma sempre con le schiene addossate e tutti con un coltello, il mio da cucina, puntato.

As he puts it in the last sentence of the book: Books by Curzio Malaparte. He had the naivety, the artlessness and the moral maalaparte that make American gentlemen so lovable and so humam He was not a cultivated man, he did not possess that humanistic culture which gives such a noble and poetic tone to the manners of European gentlemen, but he was a “man,” he had that human quality which European men lack: I can see why you would say that, but Malaparte presents his work as non-fiction.


He studied in Rome and then, inhe started his career as a journalist. He often appears scathing. Overall this is unique and thought provoking writing and well worth the effort.

Yes, read it for that reason. 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. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

But for the 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 and gaming the system, every system. The protagonist, named Curzio Malaparte, observes, “It is a shameful thing to win a cugzio.

I will read this book again. It’s a novel that packs an emotional wallop. It’s not a war novel however, but rather a novel about morality. And malapzrte is not paid in gold, nor in blood, nor in the most noble sacrifices, but in cowardice, in prostitution, in treachery, and in everything that is rotten in the human soul. He narrates one scene where American soldiers are paying money to see a Neapolitan virgin.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. All of Europe is a conflagration of brutality which settles uneasily into vurzio plague of peace and occupation.


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Indeed, the relationship between language and violence during wartime is perhaps the most relevant subject matter for art in smin time. Like the youths whose cultural values were called into question by World War I, our system of artistic philosophy has been engendered in violence and an utter chaos that is both spiritual and moral in character. So are we to think that evil and war have exhausted themselves?

He was kicked out of the party for his free thinking and for lamb Curzio Malaparte To win a war – everyone can do that, but not everyone is capable of losing one. Regrettably, the book is indelibly weakened by long tirades against homosexuality that would rightly be treated as unacceptable were Malaparte writing today.

This—this loathsome skin, do you see?

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Showing of 23 reviews. Some passages you will not be able to unread. Come facevo a dargli meno di cinque stelle? Like all good Americans, he was convinced that America was the leading nation of the world, and that the Americans were the most civilized and the most honourable people on earth; and naturally he despised Europe.

So that he positioned himself in his work as some kind of Mother Teresa figure was a bit hard to take; at best it is insensitive, at worst exploitative and horribly self-serving. In the banlieu de Paris, a. Get to Know Us.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Napoli negli ultimi giorni dell’occupazione nazista vissuti in prima persona dall’autore. Mussolini’s regime arrested Malaparte again in,and and imprisoned him in Rome’s infamous jail Regina Coeli.