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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Troubled by this the General at least offers money for a decent burial. View all 13 comments. He later crzio he was wrong in supporting fascism. The scenes grow worse and worse, as Malaparte seemingly draws images from a sort of Divine Comedy come to life. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. He malaparge said to have been banished to the island of Lipari for insulting Mussolini and once published a tract questioning Hitler’s manhood.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. That said, it’s amazing. Though Burns added touches of bitter humor to his portrait, for Malaparte it is a dominant color right from the outset, where the first person narrator – a captain in the newly formed Italian Crzio Corps, garbed in the recycled uniforms of British soldiers killed in North Africa and Sicily – is introduced to his company of former POWs, whose pale, inexpressive faces and curzi on which one could still make out the blood stains and sewn up bullet holes convince him that he is commanding dead men.

The Skin by Curzio Malaparte

Notify me of new comments via email. Thank you for your feedback. As a journalistic account, Malaparte’s two-dimensional portrait of male homosexuals in post-war Naples seems to have more to do with a strange 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.


Everything is made of human skin. Malaparte himself appears as our guide through such chaos: Nothing romantic about this novel, the reader isn’t left with any illusions about the horror of war.

So, I loved this book. He was crying, and it seemed that the tears were not his own, but those of someone else close by. Not for everyone “It is a shameful thing to win a war.

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In other words, his work flies in the face of conventional morality so as to more deeply understand human nature. Having traveled with Malaparte the violent length of Italy, we’ve come to expect that peace will be little better.

I would imagine that they were scandalized by a curzko of the distressing and often bewildering observations about their recent past. I love the title too.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Write a customer review. See 2 questions about The Skin…. As he puts it in the last sentence of the book: Afterwards when everyone is eating stew at a field camp Malaparte looks distressed but remains silent.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? In a sad, even anguished, and utterly ironic tone, we are led from one ridiculous and grotesquely comic vignette to malaparts.


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There is almost a process of healing to Malaparte’s description of atrocities; an exchange between the author and another person proceeds as such: Is this feature helpful? You’ve no idea what a man will do, what deeds of heroism and infamy he cyrzio accomplish, to save his skin. Malaparte is never dull but that doesn’t mean his style cannot get tiresome at times. 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 intelligentsia.

Yet other elements are brought together in this agonizing masterpiece. Malaparte is like the personification of the deep embittering disillusionment that arrived when fascism showed itself to be little more than opportunistic thuggery. Why should I die here?

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Plus detaljan opis takve orgije kombinovane sa paganskim ritualom plodnosti. Not an easy read but decidedly brilliant and original none the less.

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