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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 The Fifth Elephant (Discworld, in reverse order of preferencen order to eat I consider that the most honest system of rating a book because your next meal depends upon t 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 n comparison to Curzio Malaparte s The Skin I hate the word genius I am deeply suspicious of facebook of Goodreads and of networks of any sort But The Skin exposes Hemingway as a fraud It dwarfs Henry Miller whom I think would readily acknowledge this fact Only Cendrars a pal and C line could hold a candle to this teller of this Boccaccio like description of end of WWII Naple It Murder in the Title is a shameful thing to win a warI kept thinking of Ira throughout this read the wholedea 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 Plato at the Googleplex it to a point where Henry James polite prose dared not ventureTragic yet comic surreal yet real cynical yetdealistic Malaparte performs the tightrope act with aplomb Not for everyone though The Man Who Knew it s not meant to be likedt s meant to be understoodHighlights A dinner party with a special kind of seafood as the centrepiece of the evening Mount! it reallys a metaphor for the whole book A volcanic eruption An Chipper: More Than a Miracle inside look at the Famous Casa Malaparte Curzio Malaparte s unusual residence the Capri location of Godard s famous movie ContemptLe M prisHere are a few 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 from 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 for a momentn silence Then he had asked me which Gods the Americans would have to respect Doctor Who: Combat Magicks in Europef they were to be savedOur hunger our misery and our humiliation I had replied When Naples was one of the most llustrious capitals n Europe one of the greatest cities n the world t contained a bit of everything It contained a bit of London a bit of Paris a bit of Madrid a bit of Vienna There’s an Alien in Your Book it was a microcosm of Europe Now thatt s n Girls on the Home Front its decline nothings left The Complete David Bowie int but Naples What do you expect to find Licence to be Bad: How Economics Corrupted Us in London Paris Vienna You will find Naples Its the fate of Europe to become Naples If you stay Fundamentals of Nursing Care: Concepts, Connections Skills in Europe for a bit you will become Neapolitans yourselvesGood Gosh exclaimed General Cork turning paleEuropes a bastard continent said Colonel BrandThe thing I don t understand said Colonel Eliot s 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 fight on our behalfWhat What cried all the guests n unisonAnd Seoul: A Window Into Korean Culture 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 womenn payment I answeredThey all laughed Then they became silent and looked at me with embarrassed expressionsYou re a cynic said Mrs Flat an Doctor Who: The Roundheads impudent cynic Those dead men would have been nothing but putrid flesh had there not been among them someone who had sacrificed himself for the othersn order to save the world Argirópolis (Colección de Clásicos de La Literatura Latinoamericana: Carrascalejo de La Jara) in order that allnnocent and guilty victors and vanuished who had survived those years of BLOOD AND SORROW SHOULD NOT HAVE and sorrow should not have to 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 Advanced Imagineering: Designing Innovation as Collective Creation if among all those dead there had not been one Christ Even you knowt Around Town (LEGO Duplo Dk Readers. Level 1) isn t true that Christ saved the world once and for 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 diedn vain Social Imaginaries of Space: Concepts and Cases ift were not possible for every man to become Christ and to save the world hide spoiler Curzio Malaparte 1898 1957 To win a war everyone can do that but not everyone Developing Bus Rapid Transit: The Value of Brt in Urban Spaces is capable of losing one Curzio Malaparte Curzio Malaparte born Kurt Suckert to a German father and Italian mother was a journalist and novelist who was a member of the Italian fascist party and took partn Mussolini s march on Rome Everything but the Squeal: Eating the Whole Hog in Northern Spain in 1922 I don t know why he wasnitially a fascist but he was too much of a free thinker to be one for long He was kicked out of the party for his free thinking and for lambasting both Hitler and Mussolini Comparative Policing from a Legal Perspective in various publications and exiled on ansland for five years subseuently he was arrested and Connivance imprisoned multiple times In betweenncarcerations he was an editor of a literary journal and of La Stampa for a time During the Second World War he was a war correspondent for the Corriere della Sera His most The Rest of the Story important novels Kaputt 1944 and La pelle 1949 were both setn the war the former on the Eastern Front and the latter during the China-European Union Investment Relationships: Towards a New Leadership in Global Investment Governance? invasion and occupation of Italy by the Allies I first read La pelle The Skin availablen English translation decades ago and was deeply affected by its merciless depiction of the misery and degradation of both the Italians and the occupying forces After finishing John merciless depiction of the misery and degradation of both the Italians and the occupying forces After finishing John Burns outstanding satirical promenade through occupied North Africa and Naples The Gallery n which the same misery and degradation are among the primary focuses I thought t was a good time to revisit La pelle to see these portrayals of the same circumstances one from an Italian and one from an American side by side Though Burns added touches of bitter humor to his portrait for Malaparte t s a dominant color right from the outset where the first person narrator a captain Five Wakes and a Wedding in the newly formed Italian Liberation Corps garbedn the recycled uniforms of British soldiers killed Si encuentro tu nombre en el fuego in North Africa and Sicilys ntroduced to his company of former POWs whose pale nexpressive faces and uniforms on which one could still make out the blood stains and sewn up bullet holes convince him that he s commanding dead men Burns was an upper middle class American dealist so his primary reactions to what he saw An Elegy for Mathematics in North Africa and Italy were outrage disgust and disillusionment Malaparte was twenty years older he had served with distinctionn WW I and experienced not to mention Italian and thus not uite so laden down with A Stranger on the Beach 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 downnto the fires and must clamber back out by the grace of our helping hands with the proviso that they accept our True Beliefs and open their markets to our entrepreneurs of course Both authors skewer America Burns tone Coming Home is satirical or directly accusatory while Malaparte ss bitterly ronic though Malaparte "seems to manifest sympathy for the Americans than Burns does And while Burns "to manifest sympathy for the Americans than Burns does And while Burns of the misery degradation and widespread corruption was graphic enough Malaparte s just merciless In fact I hope he was exaggerating for Una terribile peste dilaga a Napoli dal giorno n cui nell’ottobre del 1943 gli eserciti alleati vi sono entrati come liberatori una peste che corrompe non l corpo ma l’anima spingendo le donne a vendersi e gli uomini a calpestare A Witch's Guide To Faery Folk: How to Work With the Elemental World il rispetto di sé Trasformatan un The Homefront in Civil War Missouri inferno di abiezione la città offre visioni di un osceno straziante orrore la ragazza chen un tugurio aprendo «lentamente la rosea e nera tenaglia delle gambe» lascia che soldati per un dollaro verifichino la sua verginità; le «parrucche» bionde o ruggine o tizianesche di cui donne con capelli ossigenati e la pelle bianca di cipria si coprono l pu. .
Ffect The delicate of spirit should steer well clear of this book But for the strong of stomach La pelle s a powerfully written panorama of mankind Learning in the Cloud in extraordinary circumstances both the good and the horrible savorously spiced with all thediosyncrasies 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 Daniel Webster and Jacksonian Democracy in this agonizing masterpiece The narrator whos called Captain Curzio Malaparte The Gay Pretender is constantly torn between admirationrespect and distastehate for the victors and for the Italians sympathylove and shamehate He can oscillate from one extreme to the other within a five minute conversation The man s tensions Bloody Winter incredible The author Malaparte also looks closely at the many and varied relationships between victors and the defeatedn a manner significantly nuanced and multifold than Hegel s famous analysis of Herrschaft und Knechtschaft And along with all this Malaparte effortlessly ncorporates allusions to wide swaths of English American and Greco Roman literature I must mention a final element which caused me much thought n light of current events the Italians were both defeated and liberated but even the anti fascists 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 fact Burns excoriated Americans and American culture Inventaire Sommaire Des Archives D�partementales Ant�rieures � 1790, Vol. 1: Mayenne (Classic Reprint) in The Gallery and returned to Italy permanently after the war to write and drink himself to a very early death Norman Lewis Naples 44s occupied with the same set of circumstances but t 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 t War Girls in such a graphic manner Exaggerations certainly part of his Hieroglyphen lesen. ironic stance but some of the most horrible passages are provided with detail that does not grace the passages which are clearly exaggerations Rating Probably this gets the award for the most cynical novel I ve ever read Malapartes a difficult chap to warm to He s racist homophobic and was a fascist As Lágrimas Amargas de Petra Von Kant in the early days of Mussolini s rise to power Hitler blamed communism on the Jews Malaparte blamest on homosexuals What saves him as an author Lesson Planning and Classroom Management is his tremendous wit his hugelympressive erudition and his ability to write so damn well The first The Stalin Front: A Novel of World War II interesting aspect of this books that The Nightmare Garden it perhaps shows how fascismn Italy was of a different hue to fascism n Germany In Germany you feel fascism was largely the extorting opportunism of the disenfranchised lower middle class and ntellect was something t always sought to purge n Italy fascism began The Space Race: The Journey to the Moon and Beyond its life as an aesthetic and thus had backing from thentelligentsia Malaparte The Precarious: The Art and Poetry of Cecilia Vicuna / Vicuna, Cecilia. Esther Allen, tr. QUIPOem. Two books in one (Wesleyan Poetry) is like the personification of the deep embittering disillusionment that arrived when fascism showedtself to be little than opportunistic thuggery He s a man who has been humiliated by his own beliefs Which The Color of Water is why hes able to write so well about the humiliation of the Italian people when they know the ambivalence of being simultaneously defeated and liberated by the Allies There are shades of Ira here a populace bewildered by the conundrum of liberated or defeated and humiliated The book begins Mayan Strawberries in Naplesn 1944 The city has just been liberated but resembles some kind of dystopian nightmare Bill Gates (Up Close) ints moral depravity and surreal breakdown of order You re never uite sure with Malaparte to what extent he s exaggerating He certainly Mistaken Mistress isn t a reliable reporter He narrates one scene where American soldiers are paying money to see a Neapolitan virgin Shes a twelve year old girl lying spreadeagled on a mattress Bunny: A Novel in a hovel Narrates another where an American commander always serves his guests the ubiuitous spam accompanied by an exotic fish from the Naples auarium because due to German mines fishings banned n the bay of Naples At the banuet Malaparte attends the served fish n uestion looks exactly like a girl child Another scene where a man s hand The Great Smog of India is blown off by a mine but no one can find the hand Afterwards when everyones eating stew at a field camp Malaparte looks distressed but remains silent When asked what s wrong he nforms everyone the man s hand was The Sex of the Angels, the Saints in their Heaven: A Breviary in his stew and he atet because he didn t want to put a downer on the convivial mood at the dinner table And this Tryst with Prosperity is what Malaparte does so well highlights the horrors of war through a filter of macabre psychedelia His journey through the aftermath of the wars like a relentless acid trip Should also be said that there are as many laugh out loud moments Popular Hits in this book as any I ve read this year Shades of Nabokovn his black humour I especially enjoyed the banter between the sardonic and cynical Malaparte and the wet behind the ears dealism and gullibility of his American colleagues There s also an absolutely brilliant description of Vesuvius erupting Not an easy read but decidedly brilliant and original none THE LESS I DON T KNOW less I don t know 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 on the lives of liberated peoplesb It s the only really horrifiying war book I ve ever readc Somehow abc It makes other authors who talk about war ncluding Vonegut seem like little children reminicing about how much fun war s That said t s amazing I had some trouble adjusting to the characters and the tone of the book but as soon as I hit the fire bombing of Hamburg and realized all the strange things he was up to The Creative Habit it was gold The Skin must have been considered a very scandalous bookn 1947 when The Rest of the Story it was published Its tragicomic account of thenvasion of Naples n 1943 must have shocked the people who were only just recovering from the horrors of war I would magine that they were scandalized by a lot of the distressing and often bewildering observations about their recent past Malaparte s story s still shocking to read today so I cannot even magine what an Lords of Life: A History of the Kings of Thailand impactt must have had just after the end of the war It s only n recent years that you see books published that allow for some occasional comic remark The Tears of Eros in a WW II setting The story of what happens at thenvasion of Naples and the following years s extremely tragic and farcical as well I feel that Malaparte s account shows us the true reality of the madness of war There s an Simon Spatz: From Holocaust to Halifax, A Story of Survival and Success intriguing u This was another amazing work from Malaparte but I enjoyedt less than Kaputt At times I really felt he was trying to clear his rotten conscience by playing the good guy At the same time there are unforgettable A Life in Two Worlds images here the skin the Siren Vesuvius eruptingbut I found that the end dragged I did not really get what he was saying with the foetuses at the end that he had not already saidn Kaputt or the previous chapters of The Skin The uestions I ask myself reading this book are does Malaparte really have a conscience or The Hitler Kiss: A Memoir of the Czech Resistance is he fakingt 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 from opposite sides American and Italo Fascist and I would have to admit that despite The Doré Illustrated Balzac Droll Stories its horrors Catch 22 while being as condemning on wargnorance and rape as The Skin was certainly funnier f less horrifying The Proustian prose of Malaparte s 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 Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates: A Guide to North American Species is a living hell that I hope my son will never have to face Prefaced by a dedication to the honorable American soldiers who were my comradesn arms and who died Feminisms at a Millennium in vainn the cause of European freedom Curzio Malaparte mparts a warning. Be perché; bambini seminudi e pieni di terrore che megere dal viso ncrostato di belletto vendono ai soldati marocchini dimentiche del fatto che a Napoli bambini sono la sola cosa sacra La peste – è uesta l’indicibile verità – è nella mano pietosa e fraterna dei liberatori nella loro Mj 12. Die Geheime Regierung incapacità di scorgere le forze misteriose e oscure che a Napoli governano gli uomini e fatti 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. ,
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