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La «schifosa pelle» E forse 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 fa male a se stesso e agli altri; chi parla è un uomo che soffre Non uno scrittore impegnato Un poeta. 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 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 sea foam containing not a soldier who had a boil a decayed tooth even a pimple on his face 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 for sale and in whi

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é «Negroes like blondes»; i bambini seminudi e pieni di terrore che megere dal viso incrostato di belletto vendono ai soldati marocchini dimentiche del fatto che a Napoli i bambini sono la sola cosa sacra La peste – è uesta l’indicibile verità – è nella mano pietosa e fraterna dei liberatori nella loro incapacità di scorgere le forze misteriose e oscure che a Napoli governano gli uomini e i 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. 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 forth 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 favorite chapter featured a fancy dinner where the Allied commanders and guests are served Spam with corn which horrifies Malaparte and a giant fish from the Naples auarium fishing in the Gulf of Naples is forbidden because of mines which to everyone s astonishment and horror looks like a young girl Apparently a manatee from the auarium was served at a fancy dinner according to Naples 44 A World War II Diary of Occupied ItalyCompletely coincide

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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 pube perch. Probably this gets the award for the most cynical novel I ve ever read Malaparte is a difficult chap to warm to He s racist homophobic and was a fascist in the early days of Mussolini s rise to power Hitler blamed communism on the Jews Malaparte blames it on homosexuals What saves him as an author is his tremendous wit his hugely impressive erudition and his ability to write so damn well The first interesting aspect of this book is that it perhaps shows how fascism in Italy was of a different hue to fascism in Germany In Germany you feel fascism was largely the extorting opportunism of the disenfranchised lower middle class and intellect was something it always sought to purge in Italy fascism began its life as an aesthetic and thus had backing from the intelligentsia Malaparte is like the personification of the deep embittering disillusionment that arrived when fascism showed itself to be l


10 thoughts on “La pelle

  1. says:

    Probably this gets the award for the most cynical novel I’ve ever read Malaparte is a difficult chap to warm to He’s rac

  2. says:

    Although entirely impossible due to the fact of it being banned in the city had there been a book signing event held in Naples for 'La Pelle' The Skin the pen of Kurt Erich Suckert Curzio Malapatre would in all likelihood stay firmly in the breast pocket of his suit Many would want to see him yes but not for the

  3. says:

    This was another amazing work from Malaparte but I enjoyed it less than Kaputt At times I really felt he was tryi

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    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 German father and Italian mother was a journalist and novelist who was a m

  5. says:

    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 forth between an ironical tone and an almost innocent sincerity It's grotesue and

  6. says:

    '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 recovering from the horrors

  7. says:

    It is a shameful thing to win a warI kept thinking of Ira throughout this read – the whole idea of liberating a country a

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    Prefaced by a dedication to the honorable American soldiers who were my comrades in arms and who died in vain in the cause of Europe

  9. says:

    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

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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 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

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