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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Dopo quei due anni immaginavo che avrei trovato guai, qualcosa c’era stato detto, ma non ero assolutamente preparato a vedere la Napoli del ‘ Un uomo di grande dirittura morale che fustiga i costumi decaduti degli italiani sconfitti, che si concedono ad ogni orgia nel delirio maaparte vita salvata e di un rinnovato benessere comprato vendendosi al nemico?

As a journalistic account, Malaparte’s two-dimensional portrait of male homosexuals malapadte 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.

Malaparte savagely skewers the sacred sense of what it thee to be the American liberators of Italy. It’s a warning that should be heeded. When asked about the difference between American’s and Europeans, he states with a ridiculous air of superciliousness, “The difference,” She is a twelve year old girl lying spreadeagled on a mattress in a hovel. The Skin is set in war-ruined Naples, in lateat a time when Allied soldiers have entered the city.

Our skin, this confounded skin. Indeed, the relationship between language and violence during wartime is perhaps the most relevant subject matter for art in our time.

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. I wish I could be sick too! This was another amazing work from Malaparte, but I enjoyed it less than Kaputt.


Curzio Malaparte

His polemical war novel-essay, Viva Caporetto! I would imagine that they were scandalized by a lot of the distressing and often bewildering observations about their recent past. Malwparte seemed he did not realize he was crying, that he was sure there was someone else beside him who was crying for him.

Shortly after his time in jail he published books of magical realist autobiographical short stories, which culminated in the stylistic prose nalaparte Donna come me Woman Like Me Mussolini’s regime arrested Malaparte again in,and and imprisoned him in Rome’s infamous jail Regina Coeli. 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.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Malaparte initially presents homosexuals as predators and pederasts, yet later explains that it is the men who pose as homosexuals, the ones whose response to war is to reject heroism and resort to decadence, not only sexual but political also, that he has a problem with. Italy, which fought on the side of the Germans, has lost the war, and the people now in control, now being welcomed, were previously its enemies, were the people they were, until recently, trying to kill.

He later saw he was wrong in Born Kurt Erich Suckert, he was an Italian journalist, dramatist, short-story writer, novelist and diplomat. In other words, his work flies in the face of conventional morality so as to more deeply tue human nature. Malaparte himself appears as our guide through such chaos: The general sense of violence of the novel is also leavened with Malaparte’s wonderfully malapaarte persona. Return to Book Page. I am deeply suspicious of facebook, of Goodreads and of networks of any sort.


Now that it malsparte in its decline nothing is left in it but Naples. If ekin are engaged in a war, in an effort to avoid being killed, then, he states, qualities such as honour and justice and nobility and so on are possible, even likely. I want to expand upon this review, but I am going to begin skln saying no other book I can think of even approaches 4 stars let alone sskin, in comparison to Curzio Malaparte’s “The Skin”. He also points out that Naples, prior to the arrival of these tall and handsome victors, was not what it has become, suggesting, in a not-so-subtle fashion, that they are, therefore, responsible.


There are other shameful moments when the pair enter a shop selling ‘strange blonde wigs’, the repugnance casting of their eyes behind a curtain of a young virgin girl used for viewing pleasure, a party full of young bourgeois students, that ends like something out of a nightmare, and a banquet for high Allied officers that had the famous aquarium being raided for a prized fish. In an essay on his other well-known book, KaputtDan Hofstader calls Malaparte “an intellectual harlequin and consummate arriviste.

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That it elicits humour does not diminish its horror, nor its serious intent, but amplifies it. I am even reluctant to recommend it, because I would like to hide this book from the world and keep it for myself.

And then again, there are very hilarious scenes as well. You are commenting using your Facebook account. To view it, click here.