La pelle by Curzio Malaparte, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. This article reconsiders Curzio Malaparte’s polemical novel La pelle [], which either has been condemned as a false historical account of post-Liberation . Curzio Malaparte, Writer: Il Cristo proibito. Curzio Malaparte () was a prominent Italian writer who directed one film, La pelle (novel “La pelle”).

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There are other novels that touch on war with caustic humour. Filmography by Job Trailers and Videos. He narrates one scene where American soldiers are paying money to see a Neapolitan virgin. Like all good Americans, he lz 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.

It is only in recent years that you see books published that allow for some occasional comic remark in a WW-II cuezio. Malaparte’s descriptions of erupting Mount Vesuvius, and the sex trade in Neapolitan children, were at the forefront of my mind as Rubinstein described riding a donkey to the top of Vesuvius with a conniving tour guide who encourages him to dismount, whereupon he sinks knee-deep into the soft volcanic ash and can’t get out.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I for one would have gladly stood ka line for a signed copy, even if it meant getting lynched by the locals, would even shake his hand and say “well done Mr Malaparte! This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Why download is malalarte arabic, not english or italian?

Here he plays an Liaison officer as he was curzuo real life to an American colonel Jack Hamiltonthey tour the battle-scarred and comfortless streets of a depraved and ruined Naples, a place where selling out was the cunning and ugly art of survival, mothers malwparte sell their children, children would sell their mothers, whores would not only sell themselves but also beggars in the gutter. Malaparte gets to star in his own book, as himself.

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However cruel and even sadistic his observations often are, he does show cudzio of compassion for the people of Naples and their often grotesque behaviour. At the banquet Malaparte attends the served fish in question looks exactly like a girl child. But he did not despise the conquered peoples merely because they were conquered peoples.


They involve themselves in some quite bizarre situations, that left me reeling in both horror and almost howls of laughter, because I simply could not believe what I was reading. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. I have to say there was an appalling political ignorance from all sides during WW2 towards the poor people of Naples, and the disbanded Italian army were looked at like the scum of the earth, Malaparte’s attitude towards his own people is as complicated and contradictory as his views on the Americans.

In fact, I hope he was exaggerating for effect. The story of what happens at the invasion of Naples and the following years is extremely tragic and farcical as well.

Resta il fatto che questo romanzo mi ha messa a dura prova, ha provocato in me sentimenti fortemente contraddittori. Is this a case of, I love the book malapartf despise the writer? The sacred torch of Fascism is not spent! View all 4 comments. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

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He later saw he was wrong in Born Kurt Erich Suckert, he was an Italian journalist, dramatist, short-story writer, novelist and diplomat. It is to our American allies that I have entrusted the sacred torch of Fascism!

I had some trouble adjusting to the characters and the tone of the book, but as soon as I hit the fire-bombing of Hamb I don’t know quite how to describe this one, so I’m going to go with some main points.

Lists with This Book. Malaparte, novelizing his real life war experiences, seemed to be sliding back and forth between an ironical tone, and an almost innocent sincerity. He lambasts cowardice and heroes alike. Apr 03, David MacKinnon rated it it was amazing.

Edit Did You Know? Come siamo lontani dal granitico sistema di valori fascista!

Yet other elements are brought together in this agonizing masterpiece. And this is what Malaparte does so well — highlights the horrors of war through a filter of macabre psychedelia.

Yet, there are some shocking stories that feel like scenes from a Jheronimus Bosch painting, as they are so dark and archaic that you have trouble taking in the real picture of what he is relating. Most of the book takes place in Naples, where the American conquerors arrived only to find a starving people suffering from plague. As he puts it in the last sentence of the book: He may have been a fascist, but others committed far worse, that doesn’t stop him from being an exceptional writer, and ‘The Skin’ is one of the finest works I have read on the subject of World War II, and for that, he gets top marks.


Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Afterwards when everyone is eating stew at a field camp Malaparte looks distressed but remains silent. Napoli negli ultimi giorni dell’occupazione nazista vissuti in prima persona dall’autore.

Aug 07, Ubik 2. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? It’s grotesque and at times surreal, but even when it’s surreal it gives the appearance of being real, because that’s war – so awful you can’t really believe it. It’s a warning that should be heeded. Flat, “an impudent cynic. Prefaced by a dedication to “the honorable American soldiers who were my comrades-in-arms Others have already alluded to the synopsis of a war torn and devastated Naples.

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Once I had recited to him that verse from the Agamemnon of Aeschylus which runs, “If conquerors respect the temples and the Gods of the conquered, they shall be saved”; and he had looked at me for a moment in silence. It’s controversial, it’s distasteful, degrading and obscene, but then isn’t that war?.

Although entirely impossible due to the fact of it being banned in the cityhad there been curzoi book signing event held in Naples for ‘La Pelle’ The Skinthe pen of Kurt Erich Suckert Curzio Malapatre would in all likelihood stay firmly in the breast pocket of his suit.