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Curzio Malaparte ì 3 readKets to our entrepreneurs of course Both authors skewer America Burns tone is satirical or directly accusatory while Malaparte s is bitterly ironic though Malaparte seems to manifest sympathy or the Americans than Burns does And while Burns portrayal of the misery degradation and widespread corruption was graphic enough Malaparte is just merciless In act I hope he was exaggerating or effect The delicate of spirit should steer well clear of this book But Secrets of Chakras 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 have become through centuries of domination by others masters of survival and gaming the system every system Yet other elements are brought together in this agonizing masterpiece The narrator who is called Captain Curzio Malaparte is constantly torn between admirationrespect and distastehateor the victors and Hunting Daylight for the Italians sympathylove and shamehate He can oscillaterom one extreme to the other within a Teachers Pets (Disney Princess) five minute conversation The man s tension is incredible The author Malaparte also looks closely at the many and varied relationships between victors and the defeated in a manner significantly nuanced and multifold than Hegel samous analysis of Herrschaft und Knechtschaft And along with all this Malaparte effortlessly incorporates allusions to wide swaths of English American and Greco Roman literature I must mention a Orchestra of Exiles: The Story of Bronislaw Huberman, the Israel Philharmonic, and the One Thousand Jews He Saved from Nazi Horrors final element which caused me much thought in light of current events the Italians were both defeated and liberated but even the antiascists were made to taste the defeat on occasion Another pair of oscillating poles that of gratitudejoy and resentmentshame towards the liberatorsconuerors contributes to the shimmering shifting contradictory nature of this remarkable and unclassifiable text In point of Compass of the Heart: A Novel Of Discovery fact Burns excoriated Americans and American culture in The Gallery and returned to Italy permanently after the war to write and drink himself to a very early death Norman Lewis Naples 44 is occupied with the same set of circumstances but it appears he saw uite a bit less of the misery and degradation than Burns and Malaparte did or at least chose not to write of most of it in such a graphic manner Exaggeration is certainly part of his ironic stance but some of the most horrible passages are provided with detail that does not grace the passages which are clearly exaggerations Rating It is a shameful thing to win a warI kept thinking of Ira throughout this read the whole idea of liberating a country a people of the conuerors and the conueredMalaparte s relentlessly sardonic highly original narrative pits the European sensibility versus the American one takes it to a point where Henry James polite prose dared not ventureTragic yet comic surreal yet real cynical yet idealistic Malaparte performs the tightrope act with aplomb Notor everyone though it s not meant to be liked it s meant to be understoodHighlights A dinner party with a special kind of seafood as the centrepiece of the evening it really is a metaphor Her Highland Rogue for the whole book A volcanic eruption An inside look at the Famous Casa Malaparte Curzio Malaparte s unusual residence the Capri location of Godard samous movie ContemptLe M prisHere are a ew nuggets to convince youview spoiler General Cork was a real gentleman a real American gentleman I mean He had the naivety the artlessness and the moral transparency that make American gentlemen so lovable and so humam He was not a cultivated man he did not possess that humanistic culture which gives such a noble and poetic tone to the manners of European gentlemen but he was a man he had that human uality which European men lack he knew how to blush He had a most refined sense of decorum and a precise and virile awareness of his own limitations Like all good Americans he was 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 But he did not despise the conuered peoples merely because they were conuered peoplesOnce I had recited to him that verse rom the Agamemnon of Aeschylus which runs If conuerors respect the temples and the Gods of the conuered they shall be saved and he had looked at me or a moment in silence Then he had asked me which Gods the Americans would have to respect in Europe if they were to be savedOur hunger our misery and our humiliation I had replied When Naples was one of the most illustrious capitals in Europe one of the greatest cities in the world it contained a bit of everything It contained a bit of London a bit of Paris a bit of Madrid a bit of Vienna it was a bit of London a bit of Paris a bit of Madrid a bit of Vienna it was a of Europe
Now that it is in its decline nothing is left inthat it is in its decline nothing is left in but Naples What do you expect to ind in London Paris Vienna You will Wolfie Paints the Town: A Little Wood Story find Naples It is theate of Europe to become Naples If you stay in Europe or a bit you will become Neapolitans yourselvesGood Gosh exclaimed General Cork turning paleEurope is a bastard continent said Colonel BrandThe thing I don t understand said Colonel Eliot is what we have come to Europe to do Did you really need our help to drive out the Germans Why didn t you drive them out by yourselvesWhy should we put ourselves to so much trouble I said when you ask nothing better than to come to Europe to ight on our behalfWhat What cried all the guests in unisonAnd if you go on at this rate I said you ll end up by becoming the mercenaries of EuropeMercenaries are paid said Mrs Flat severely How will you pay usWe shall offer you our women in payment I answeredThey all laughed Then they became silent and looked at me with embarrassed expressionsYou re a cynic said Mrs Flat an impudent cynic Those dead men would have been nothing but putrid lesh had there not been among them someone who had sacrificed himself or the others in order to save the world in order that all innocent and guilty victors and vanuished who had survived those years of blood and sorrow should not have cause to Right Turns: From Liberal Activist to Conservative Champion in 35 Unconventional Lessons feel ashamed of being men Assuredly among those thousands and thousands of dead there lay the body of some Christ What would have become of the world and of us all if among all those dead there had not been one Christ Even you know it isn t true that Christ saved the world once andor all Christ died to teach us that every one of us can become Christ that every man can save the world by his own sacrifice Christ too would have died in vain if it were not possible or every man to become Christ and to save the world hide vain if it were not possible or every man to become Christ and to save the world hide Although I am new to Goodreads and have posted very little I have read thousands of books and once had to sell my book collection in reverse order of preference in order to eat I consider that the most honest system of rating a book because your next meal depends upon it I want to expand upon this review but I am going to begin by saying no other book I can think of even approaches 4 stars let alone 5 in comparison to Curzio Malaparte s The Skin I hate the word genius I am deeply suspicious of Beyond Varallan facebook of Goodreads and of networks of any sort But The Skin exposes Hemingway as araud It dwarfs Henry Miller whom I think would readily acknowledge this act Only Cendrars a pal and C line could hold a candle to this teller of this Boccaccio like description of end of WWII Naples I am even reluctant to recommend it because I would like to hide this book rom the world and keep it or myself Curzio Malaparte stands alone and has immortalized Naples I bow to him as a human being to his humanity and genius and incredible humour and love Bravo. Fosa pelle» E orse la pietà uella che in uno dei più bei capitoli di uesto insostenibile e splendido romanzo – uno dei pochi che negli anni successivi alla guerra abbiano lasciato un solco indelebile nel mondo intero – spinge Consuelo Caracciolo a denudarsi per rivestire del suo abito di raso delle calze degli scarpini di seta la giovane del Pallonetto morta in un bombardamento trasformandola in Principessa delle Fate o in una statua della Madonna Come ha scritto Milan Kundera nella Pelle Malaparte «con le sue parole a male a se stesso e agli altri; chi parla è un uomo che soffre Non uno scrittore impegnato Un poeta?. ,
Voice there is a uirky arrogance that he may be acting like a wolf in sheeps clothing nothing is abundantly clear towards his actions There is a rolicsome banter used in the dialogue and lots of joking around yet death is everywhere in the air the sea and on the ground right in Rocker Babies Wear Jeans front of themI have to say there was an appalling political ignorancerom 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 They are no simple victims than the latter are simple victors The Skin is served up like a bottle of ancy wine but along side a silver platter which sits a human head on a bed of olives It s Malaparte s bad conscience he taunts teases and titillates one minute before punishing the reader with the vile and humiliating the next Is this a case of I love the book but despise the writer probably not how can one hate the writer if one loved the book He may have been a ascist but others committed Sono with Visits from the Seventh far worse that doesn t stop himrom being an exceptional writer and The Skin is one of the Remarkable Creatures finest works I have read on the subject of World War II andor that he gets top marks This brutal beautifully written novel about the arrival of American troops in Naples in 1943 and their two year occupation is sad but also deeply darkly comical Malaparte novelizing his real life war experiences seemed to be sliding back and orth between an ironical tone and an almost innocent sincerity It s grotesue 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 itMy avorite chapter Heroes Adrift (Hero, featured aancy dinner where the Allied commanders and guests are served Spam with corn which horrifies Malaparte and a giant Chuck and Danielle fishrom the Naples auarium Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old fishing in the Gulf of Naples isorbidden because of mines which to everyone s astonishment and horror looks like a young girl Apparently a manatee Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs from the auarium was served at aancy dinner according to Naples 44 A World War II Diary of Occupied ItalyCompletely coincidentally I happened to be reading the pianist Arthur Rubinstein s Gray Bishop first memoir My Young Years as I was reading The Skin There s a passage in it where Arthur goes to Naples as a tourist while in Italyor a concert prior to World War I Malaparte s descriptions of erupting Mount Vesuvius and the sex trade in Neapolitan children were at the orefront 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 His tour guide demands lira payment before he will throw a rope to Arthur Then later as Arthur is taking another tour through the city in a horse driven carriage his tour guide a different one points to a house and urges Look Thinking this was the house of someone amous Arthur gets out or a closer look whereupon a mother thrusts her very underage child at Arthur and orces his hand onto the child s small breastsI like to take note of these reading serendipities which often happen to me Prefaced by a dedication to the honorable American soldiers who were my comrades in arms and who died in vain in the cause of European Liar freedom Curzio Malaparte imparts a warning before The Skin opens It s a warning that should be heededNaples has been liberated or is it conuered Amidst a city in the grips of the plague an abominable infestation of moral degeneration which arrived alongside the loveliest the kindest the most respectable army in the world born like Venus of the seaoam containing not a soldier who had a boil a decayed tooth even a pimple on his ace Curzio Malaparte acts as liaison interpreter and guide to Colonel Jack Hamilton a sophisticated classically educated American as they explore the devastated city of bombed out NaplesIn the banlieu de Paris aka Europe the people are hungry and nowhere so than in Naples A black market has sprung up with everything or sale and in which blond pubic wigs are sold to cater or the tastes of Negro soldiers Women and
Children Are For Sale And There Isare or sale and there is one virgin left
in Naples a young girl whose Gaffer family offers heror display to American servicemen Nothing isNaples a young girl whose Circumstantial Evidence family offers heror display to American servicemen Nothing is it seems and everything is twisted an appalling and at the same time a delicate exuisite unreal sceneThat Europe is at a crossroads Malaparte Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers feels acutelyI was Europe I was the history of Europe the civilization of Europe the poetry the art all the glories and all the mysteries of Europe And simultaneously Ielt that I had been oppressed destroyed shot invaded and liberated I elt a coward and a hero a bastard and charming a riend and an enemy victorious and vanuished And I also A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping felt that I was a really goodellowBut it is a crossroads with perversions at every turn blackshirts i cried ou probably every turn Blackshirts I cried Ou Probably gets the award Island of the Lost Horses (Dora and Friends) for the most cynical novel I ve ever read Malaparte is a difficult chap to warm to He s racist homophobic and Curzio Malaparte 1898 1957 To win a war everyone can do that but not everyone is capable of losing one Curzio Malaparte Curzio Malaparte born Kurt Suckert to a Germanather and Italian mother was a journalist and novelist who was a member of the Italian Summer Meditations fascist party and took part in Mussolini s march on Rome in 1922 I don t know why he was initially aascist but he was too much of a God Said, Ha!: A Memoir free thinker to be oneor long He was kicked out of the party or his ree thinking and On the Right Side of a Dream for lambasting both Hitler and Mussolini in various publications and exiled on an islandor ive years subseuently he was arrested and imprisoned multiple times In between incarcerations he was an editor of a literary journal and of La Stampa or a time During the Second World War he was a war correspondent Operation Iceberg : The Invasion and Conquest of Okinawa in World War II for the Corriere della Sera His most important novels Kaputt 1944 and La pelle 1949 were both set in the war theormer on the Eastern Front and the latter during the invasion and occupation of Italy by the Allies I Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq first read La pelle The Skin available in English translation decades ago and was deeply affected by its merciless depiction of the misery and degradation of both the Italians and the occupyingorces After Michelin Green Guide Normandy finishing John Horne Burns outstanding satirical promenade through occupied North Africa and Naples The Gallery in which the same misery and degradation are among the primaryocuses I thought it was a good time to revisit La pelle to see these portrayals of the same circumstances one rom an Italian and one rom an American side by side Though Burns added touches of bitter humor to his portrait or Malaparte it is a dominant color right rom the outset where the irst person narrator a captain in the newly ormed Italian Liberation Corps garbed in the recycled uniforms of British soldiers killed in North Africa and Sicily is introduced to his company of What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World former POWs whose pale inexpressiveaces and uniforms on which one could still make out the blood stains and sewn up bullet holes convince him that he is commanding dead men 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 Malaparte was twenty years older he had served with distinction in WW I and experienced not to mention Italian and thus not uite so laden down with illusions Illusions like the victors are not merely the winners but are chosen of God and are Right whilst those others are not merely defeated but are cast down into the ires and must clamber back out by the grace of our helping hands with the proviso that they accept our True Beliefs and open their mar. Be perché; i bambini seminudi e pieni di terrore che megere dal viso incrostato di belletto vendono ai soldati marocchini dimentiche del atto che a Napoli i bambini sono la sola cosa sacra La peste – è uesta l’indicibile verità – è nella mano pietosa e The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War fraterna dei liberatori nella loro incapacità di scorgere leorze misteriose e oscure che a Napoli governano gli uomini e i atti della vita nella loro convinzione che un popolo vinto non possa che essere un popolo di colpevoli Null’altro rimane allora se non la lotta per salvare la pelle non l’anima come un tempo o l’onore la libertà la giustizia ma la «schi. This was another amazing work rom Malaparte but I enjoyed it less than Kaputt At times I really elt he was trying to clear his rotten conscience by playing the good guy At the same time there are unforgettable images here the skin the Siren Vesuvius eruptingbut I ound that the end dragged I did not really get what he was saying with the oetuses at the end that he had not already said in Kaputt or the previous chapters of The Skin The uestions I ask myself reading this book are does Malaparte really have a conscience or is he aking it I was also repulsed at his broad homophobic statements at various parts of the book The Urania orgy just being the most outrageous of themCatch 22 and The Skin tell the story of the same part of WWII Babes in Toyland: The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band from opposite sides American and Italo Fascist and I would have to admit that despite its horrors Catch 22 while being as condemning on war ignorance and rape as The Skin was certainlyunnier if less horrifying The Proustian prose of Malaparte is beautiful to read and I could picture many of the scenes he described rather vividly Both books plus Kaputt make powerful argues that might does not always make right and that war is a living hell that I hope my son will never have to The Meaning of Star Trek face The Skin must have been considered a very scandalous book in 1947 when it was published Its tragicomic account of the invasion of Naples in 1943 must have shocked the people who were only just recoveringrom the horrors of war I would imagine that they were scandalized by a lot of the distressing and often bewildering observations about their recent past 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 It is only in recent years that you see books published that allow Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt for some occasional comic remark in a WW II setting The story of what happens at the invasion of Naples and theollowing years is extremely tragic and arcical as well I eel that Malaparte s account shows us the true reality of the madness of war There is an intriguing uestion throughout the book whether Naples was invaded or liberated by the American army Malaparte even implies that he and the people of Naples Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Walt Disney World feel sorryor the American conuerors and that they themselves have the preferable position of being conuered As he puts it in the last sentence of the book It is a shameful thing to win a warHis observations on the behaviour of his compatriots as well as the American army and himself eel very realistic to me Yet there are some shocking stories that eel like scenes Dump Truck Trouble/Lets Build a Doghouse! 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 This must be the realace of living through a warCurzio writes pure poetry Sometime After Midnight for pages at a time However cruel and even sadistic his observations often are he does show alot of compassionor the people of Naples and their often grotesue behaviour There are scenes in this book I will never Stop Inflammation Now!: A Step-By-Step Plan to Prevent, Treat, and Reverse Inflammation--The Leading Cause of Heart Disease and Related Conditions forget They are darkness visible And then again there are very hilarious scenes as well Or very tender scenes like the story of hisriendship with the American army officer Jack or his recounting of the death of his beloved dog Febo I eel that this book has a uniue voice in WW II literatureSo I loved this book And I also love that sardonic bastard Curzio Malaparte I love the title too It is so appropriate in that we have only our own skin to live in I will read this book again Highly recommended I don t know uite how to describe this one so I m going to go with some main points a It casts a new light on the lives of liberated peoplesb It s probably the only really horrifiying war book I ve ever readc Somehow a Although entirely impossible due to the act of it being banned in the city had there been a book signing event held in Naples School Dazed for La Pelle The Skin the pen of Kurt Erich Suckert Curzio Malapatre would in all likelihood stayirmly in the breast pocket of his suit Many would want to see him yes but not or the signing of any book No this ueue about a mile long ull of angry souls including Neapolitans members of the Italian Government The Pope Blacks Homosexuals and Dwarfs would want to give him a torrent of abuse Even the sirens of the sea may Chinese Fairy Tales Fantasies: Folio Society Edition feel obliged to come ashore out of the bay of Naples to throw chunks of coral at him Ior one would have gladly stood in line Old Haunts 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 was an excellent read I would put it up there in my topive books about WW2 Hoping then
#He Would Invite Me Back #would invite me back his cliff side Villa on Capri or a spot of lunchIt s controversial it s distasteful degrading and obscene but then isn t that war It s also brilliantly written about human disgust and the savagery that war inflicts upon a city and it s inhabitants Every page captured my attention whether believable or not He has enlarged the art of inventive iction in surreal and perverse ways than I ever could have imagined Malaparte gets to star in his own book as himself A member of the National Fascist Party before the war he was a Cooking for Company: All the Recipes You Need for Simple, Elegant Entertaining at Home firm supporter of Mussolini but turned to the left after Italy was left ravaged by conflict Here he plays an Liaison officer as he was in real life to an American colonel Jack Hamilton they 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 would sell their children children would sell their mothers whores would not only sell themselves but also beggars in the gutter Malaparte the city was like a lump of cow dung suashed by theoot of a passer by He is a lap dog sucking up to the Americans to him they are Gods while he thinks of himself as nothing than a ilthy rotten Italian They involve themselves in some uite bizarre situations that left me reeling in both horror and almost howls of laughter because I simply could not believe what I was reading I knew within I simply could not believe what I was reading I knew within early stages this was going to be a different kind of war novel the mere mention of grotesue midget women who whine peculiar noises rom within their hovels had me rubbing my eyes just to make sure I was indeed awake 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 My Wifes Affair for viewing pleasure a partyull of young bourgeois students that ends like something out of a nightmare and a banuet Dîwana Jan for high Allied officers that had theamous auarium being raided or a prized ish In act at this point the ilms of both Pier Paolo Pasolini and Alejandro Jodorowsky came to mind or the use of shocking and surreal imagery If the Gods connived and double crossed one another over the ate of Troy Mussolini Hitler and lastly the Americans took a no lees lively interest in Naples A place of vast suffering men women and children living in a destroyed city with barely a bite to eat a drop of water to drink would do just about anything to get by Did the Americans come as conuerors or liberators their insistence on their own moral goodness is continually undermined and
Revealed As Contradictory Inas contradictory in Skin they are the John while Naples is the whore The Italians Malaparte says jump or joy out the windows of their ruined houses waving The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey foreignlags and hurtling Itsuka flowers at the conuerors Later in the novel when switching to Rome a man so excited by the sight of the Alliesalls under the caterpillars of a Sherman tank and ends up lat as pancake Troubled by this the General at least offers money or a decent burial When talking of or to the Americans Malaparte does so with a double edged. Una terribile peste dilaga a Napoli dal giorno in cui nell’ottobre del 1943 gli eserciti alleati vi sono entrati come liberatori una peste che corrompe non il corpo ma l’anima spingendo le donne a vendersi e gli uomini a calpestare il rispetto di sé Trasformata in un inferno di abiezione la città offre visioni di un osceno straziante orrore la ragazza che in un tugurio aprendo «lentamente la rosea e nera tenaglia delle gambe» lascia che i soldati per un dollaro verifichino la sua verginità; le «parrucche» bionde o ruggine o tizianesche di cui donne con i capelli ossigenati e la pelle bianca di cipria si coprono il pu. .