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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Preview — The Skin by Curzio Malaparte. Recensione di Sciarpina e Laura Non ho fatto alcuna fatica a credere al racconto di Malaparte. Not for everyone “It is a shameful thing to win a war. Only the soul is immortal, alas! In he started his career as a journalist. Although raised poor, the malaprte ascended to the heights of world culture and earned equal parts enmity and support from the European intelligentsia and aristocracy along the way.
But, The Skin exposes Hemingway as a fraud. Everything is for sale, even malapaete.
His tour guide demands lira payment before he will throw a rope to Arthur. I felt like I was at a wake, laughing along at the jokes, marveling at the humour and the wisdom, but still aware that there is a grieving widow in the room.
In he founded with Massimo Bontempelli the literary quarterly “”. As a result of this previous experience, I have long been putting off reading The Skineven though there is much about it that appeals to me, so much, in fact, that I actually bought it on the day of its malapart.
Just a moment while malaparhe sign you in to your Goodreads account. The questions I ask myself reading this book are: Non uno scrittore impegnato.
I will read this book again. It makes other authors who talk about war, including Vonegut, seem like little children reminicing about how much fun war is.
Burns was an upper middle class American idealist, so his primary reactions to what he saw in North Africa and Italy were outrage, disgust and disillusionment. 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. The lid was raised and the basket seemed to be filled with mussels, or shelled oysters, as they are occasionally displayed in the windows of Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly in London.
I must mention a final element which caused me much thought in light of current events: At the banquet Malaparte attends the served fish in question looks exactly like a girl child.
He was sent to internal exile tge to on the island of Lipari. All of Europe is a conflagration of brutality which settles uneasily into a plague of peace and occupation.
Lists with This Book. Return to Book Page. He lambasts cowardice and heroes alike. His journey through the aftermath of the war is like a relentless acid trip. Curzio Malaparte stands alone, and has immortalized Naples. Notify me of new comments via email.
Now that it is in its decline nothing is left in it but Naples. He considered Hitler to be a reactionary. Its tragicomic account of the invasion of Naples in must have shocked the people who were only just recovering from the horrors of war. A circus of horrors, The Skin might be seen as a celebration of the decrepitude its author witnesses, were one not to catch the overwhelming desire for justice that Malaparte as an author craves.
This was another amazing work from Malaparte, but I enjoyed it less than Kaputt. Why should I die here? Published December 31st by Marlboro Press first published The articles he sent back from the Ukrainian Frontsmany of which were suppressed, were collected in and brought out under the title Il Volga nasce in Europa “The Volga Rises in Europe”.
Terrorism and its mute brother, political murder, are the twin monsters of contemporary life.
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View all 11 comments. His work and his life are both marked by a sense of humor and morality he was awarded the French Cross for bravery as a soldier in World War I that seems to show the author to have reveled in pushing people to malapate emotional limits in order to interrogate their sense of ethics.
Jordan Anderson lives in Portland, Oregon. Aug 07, Ubik 2.
He was crying, and it seemed that the tears were not his own, but those of someone else close by. Narrates another where an American commander always serves his guests the ubiquitous spam accompanied by an exotic fish from the Naples aquarium because, due to German mines, fishing is banned in the bay of Naples. 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 – skln become through centuries of domination by others masters of survival and gaming the system, every system.
Yeah, it has long been a bugbear of mine, that failure to acknowledge that just because a country sees itself as a hero, and its actions are right or noble, it does not mean that the people on the other side have to see you that way. A black market has sprung up with everything for sale, and in which blond pubic wigs are sold to cater for the tastes of Negro soldiers.
I knew within the early stages this was going to be a different mzlaparte of war novel, the mere mention of ‘grotesque midget women who whine peculiar noises from within their hovels’ had me rubbing my eyes just to make sure I was indeed awake.