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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Nothing romantic about this novel, the reader isn’t left with any illusions about the I’m slowly making my way malapatte the New York Review Books Classics list and this has been the most intense, compelling and thought provoking novel so far.

And this is what Malaparte does so well — highlights the horrors of war through a filter of macabre psychedelia. 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.

I did not really get what he was saying with the foetuses at the end that he had not tye said in Kaputt or the previous chapters of The Skin. He wrote articles about the front in Ukrania, but the fascist dictatorship of Mussollini censored it. It’s a warning that should be heeded. te

A novel you’ll be thinking about long after finishing. 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 ‘The Skin’ must have been considered a very scandalous book in when it was published.


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The author, too, seems to take great joy in undercutting the political arguments of others, looking deeper malapxrte meaning within human nature, particularly in a scene in which he drives a group of Marxists to profound heights of irritation by suggesting that Shostakovich was a bourgeois composer. 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 members of both before his death.

Why download is in arabic, not english or italian? Malaparte gets to star in his own book, as himself. You will find Naples. When asked about the difference between American’s and Europeans, he states with a ridiculous air of superciliousness, “The difference,” The questions I ask myself reading this book ar This was another amazing work from Malaparte, but I enjoyed it smin than Kaputt.

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I saw that he was crying as he spoke. There are shades of Iraq here — a populace bewildered by the conundrum of liberated or defeated and humiliated. Here he stated that “the problem of the conquest and defense of the State is not a political one When the book does delve into the emotional life of others, however, it is profound indeed.

Napoli negli ultimi giorni dell’occupazione nazista vissuti in prima persona dall’autore. The impression one gets from reading about Malaparte’s life is that he treated existence as a grand, tragic joke, of which he considered himself a sort of jester meant to express the truth. That said, it’s amazing. Flat, “an impudent cynic. If malzparte stay in Europe for a bit you will become Neapolitans yourselves.


My favorite chapter featured a fancy dinner where the Allied commanders and guests are served Spam with maalaparte 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. Although I am new to Goodreads, and have posted very little, I mlaaparte read thousands of books, and once had to sell my book collection in reverse tye of preference in order to eat.

Women and children are for sale and there is but one virgin left in Naples—a young girl whose family offers her for display to American servicemen.

Afterwards when everyone is eating stew at a field camp Malaparte looks distressed but remains silent. We’re told that one of the dead is Christ. skiin

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. Jordan Anderson lives in Portland, Oregon. All of Europe is a conflagration of brutality which settles uneasily into a plague of peace and occupation.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Malaparte’s final book, Maledetti Toscanihis attack on middle and upper-class culture, appeared in In he started his career as a journalist.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The sacred torch of Fascism is not spent! Even the flags of armies are made of human skin.