La pelle Review â 102


  • Paperback
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  • La pelle
  • Curzio Malaparte
  • Italian
  • 23 August 2017
  • 9788845925283

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

  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 trying to cl

  4. says:

    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 member of the Italian fascist party and took part in Mussolini's march on Rome in 1922 I don't know why he was initially a fascist but he was too much of a free thinker to be one

  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 at times surreal but even when it's surreal it gives the appearance of being real because that's

  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 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

  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 people—of the conuerors and the conueredMalaparte's relentlessly sardonic highly original narrat

  8. says:

    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

  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 liberated peoplesb It's probably the only really horrifiying war book I've ever readc Somehow abc It makes other authors who talk about war including Vonegut seem like little children reminicing about how much fun war is That said it's amazing I had some trouble adjusting to the characters and the

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La pelle

«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 la. 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 coincidentally I happened to be reading the pianist Arthur Rubinstein s 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 Italy for a concert prior to World War I 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 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 famous Arthur gets out for a closer look whereupon a mother thrusts her very underage child at Arthur and forces his hand onto the child s small breastsI like to take note of these reading serendipities which often happen to me

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«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 which blond pubic wigs are sold to cater for the tastes of Negro soldiers Women and children are for sale and there is but one virgin left in Naples a young girl whose family offers her for display to American servicemen Nothing is as it seems and everything is twisted an appalling and at the same time a delicate exuisite unreal sceneThat Europe is at a crossroads Malaparte 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 I felt that I had been oppressed destroyed shot invaded and liberated I felt a coward and a hero a bastard and charming a friend and an enemy victorious and vanuished And I also felt that I was a really good fellowBut it is a crossroads with perversions at every turn Blackshirts I cried Our American allies have at last landed in Italy to help us fight our German allies The sacred torch of Fascism is not spent It is to our American allies that I have entrusted the sacred torch of FascismBoth actor and backdrop the war informs the many conversations and musings that ensue In a sad even anguished and utterly ironic tone we are led from one ridiculous and grotesuely comic vignette to another When asked about the difference between American s and Europeans he states with a ridiculous air of superciliousness The difference is this that the Americans buy their enemies and we sell ours only to receive as though drunk the eually ridiculous reply I have a suspicion said Major Morris that the peoples of Europe have already begun to sell us so as to get even with us for having bought them It took me a moment of further reading to realise that buried in these seemingly nonsensical statements there is a perverse logic Everything is for sale even hungerThat the hyper fertile hinterland of Naples would in the post war era provide almost a third of all agricultural produce in Italy and that the Italians would provide the world with so many wonderful dishes only makes it appropriate that some of the amusing and richly imagined parts would revolve around food Eerie parallels with real events sees a girl shaped fish named The Siren taken from the local auarium to be served to American officers only to invoke the disgust of a rather prudish guest whilst the Italian waiters serve up Spam with hilarious contempt People that have an ancient and noble tradition of servitude and hunger respect only those masters who have refined tastes and lordly manners There is nothing humiliating to an enslaved people than a master with uncouth manners and coarse tastesWith apparent ease Malaparte offers contradiction after contradiction Virtually impossible to decipher there are no easy answers or views to be taken He lambasts cowardice and heroes alike He often appears scathing The young of Europe are on their way to being pederasts They always choose the easiest form of revolt degradation moral indifference narcissism Italy is simultaneously both saved and shamed Italian policy is based on the cardinal principle that there is always someone else who loses wars on Italy s behalf Of the wise and the prudent the false resisters the blas defenders of freedom the heroes of tomorrow lay hidden pale and trembling in the cellars Even the dead receive his withering eye They had invaded Italy France all of Europe We had to defend life our true country life even against them the dead No one is spared And yet there is such humanity evident when he pleads with some frightened and inexperienced Americans to not move a wounded man for he is dying or when he goes searching for his dog Bebo only to find him in the university hospital enduring suffering in silence one of the most touching and grotesue moments in a novel where such events are not in short supplyThere are other novels that touch on war with caustic humour Josef Skvorecky s Engineer of Human Souls is one such book Kurt Vonnegut s Slaughter House 5 is another Joseph Hellers Catch 22 is yet another satirical gem but none of them are so confusing so utterly unclassifiable so perverse and yet so honest and cutting Meandering between cynicism and innocence laughter and sadness Malaparte appears to be in mourning I felt like I was at a wake laughing along at the jokes marveling at the humour and the wisdom but still aware that there is a grieving widow in the room That scenes of life and death can prove so touching and yet so comic marks the genius in this work That it elicits humour does not diminish its horror nor its serious intent but amplifies it That it should prove prophetic confounds the senses for it is a surreal piece that should be read and read widely for it drives home thoughts that we rarely consider such as It is a shameful thing to win a war I recommend this book but with one reservation Read it with an open mind It is not gentle Reviving the Broken Marionette mondo intero – spinge Consuelo Caracciolo a denudarsi per rivestire del suo abito di raso delle calze degli scarpini di seta la giovane del Pallonetto Service Book ... of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America 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 A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, 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 Look Again 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 Alle vi børn i Bulderby. De første historier om alle vi børn i Bulderby moral degeneration which arrived alongside the loveliest the kindest the Il piacere nel Medioevo 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 Drunk on the Moon mysteries of Europe And simultaneously I felt that I had been oppressed destroyed shot invaded and liberated I felt a coward and a hero a bastard and charming a friend and an enemy victorious and vanuished And I also felt that I was a really good fellowBut it is a crossroads with perversions at every turn Blackshirts I cried Our American allies have at last landed in Italy to help us fight our German allies The sacred torch of Fascism is not spent It is to our American allies that I have entrusted the sacred torch of FascismBoth actor and backdrop the war informs the Der ganze weg many conversations and Rich Habits Poor Habits musings that ensue In a sad even anguished and utterly ironic tone we are led from one ridiculous and grotesuely comic vignette to another When asked about the difference between American s and Europeans he states with a ridiculous air of superciliousness The difference is this that the Americans buy their enemies and we sell ours only to receive as though drunk the eually ridiculous reply I have a suspicion said Major Morris that the peoples of Europe have already begun to sell us so as to get even with us for having bought them It took El Metal me a The Ichneutae of Sophocles, with Notes and a Translation Into English, Preceded by Introductory Chapters Dealing with the Play, with Satyric Drama, an moment of further reading to realise that buried in these seemingly nonsensical statements there is a perverse logic Everything is for sale even hungerThat the hyper fertile hinterland of Naples would in the post war era provide almost a third of all agricultural produce in Italy and that the Italians would provide the world with so Kana Pict-o-Graphix many wonderful dishes only Sienkiewicz. Żywot pisarza makes it appropriate that some of the amusing and richly imagined parts would revolve around food Eerie parallels with real events sees a girl shaped fish named The Siren taken from the local auarium to be served to American officers only to invoke the disgust of a rather prudish guest whilst the Italian waiters serve up Spam with hilarious contempt People that have an ancient and noble tradition of servitude and hunger respect only those TFS Ingenuity (The Terran Fleet Command Saga masters who have refined tastes and lordly Wybor idiomów angielskich manners There is nothing humiliating to an enslaved people than a How Could She? master with uncouth Words on Words manners and coarse tastesWith apparent ease Malaparte offers contradiction after contradiction Virtually impossible to decipher there are no easy answers or views to be taken He lambasts cowardice and heroes alike He often appears scathing The young of Europe are on their way to being pederasts They always choose the easiest form of revolt degradation Finding Magic (Downside Ghosts, moral indifference narcissism Italy is simultaneously both saved and shamed Italian policy is based on the cardinal principle that there is always someone else who loses wars on Italy s behalf Of the wise and the prudent the false resisters the blas defenders of freedom the heroes of tomorrow lay hidden pale and trembling in the cellars Even the dead receive his withering eye They had invaded Italy France all of Europe We had to defend life our true country life even against them the dead No one is spared And yet there is such humanity evident when he pleads with some frightened and inexperienced Americans to not Half My Blood (Dartmoor, move a wounded Ja - Ty - My man for he is dying or when he goes searching for his dog Bebo only to find him in the university hospital enduring suffering in silence one of the Diamond Grill most touching and grotesue The Poisoned Honey Cake (Roman Mystery Scrolls, moments in a novel where such events are not in short supplyThere are other novels that touch on war with caustic humour Josef Skvorecky s Engineer of Human Souls is one such book Kurt Vonnegut s Slaughter House 5 is another Joseph Hellers Catch 22 is yet another satirical gem but none of them are so confusing so utterly unclassifiable so perverse and yet so honest and cutting Meandering between cynicism and innocence laughter and sadness Malaparte appears to be in Katyně mourning I felt like I was at a wake laughing along at the jokes Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods marveling at the humour and the wisdom but still aware that there is a grieving widow in the room That scenes of life and death can prove so touching and yet so comic How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck? marks the genius in this work That it elicits humour does not diminish its horror nor its serious intent but amplifies it That it should prove prophetic confounds the senses for it is a surreal piece that should be read and read widely for it drives home thoughts that we rarely consider such as It is a shameful thing to win a war I recommend this book but with one reservation Read it with an open Craft mind It is not gentle

Summary La pelle

Una terribile peste dilaga a Napoli dal giorno in cui nell’ottobre del 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 perché. 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 signing of any book No this ueue about a mile long full 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 feel obliged to come ashore out of the bay of Naples to throw chunks of coral at him I for one would have gladly stood in 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 was an excellent read I would put it up there in my top five books about WW2 Hoping then he would invite me back to his cliff side Villa on Capri for 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 fiction 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 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 the foot 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 filthy 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 the early stages this was going to be a different kind of war novel the mere mention of grotesue midget women who whine peculiar noises from 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 for viewing pleasure a party full of young bourgeois students that ends like something out of a nightmare and a banuet for high Allied officers that had the famous auarium being raided for a prized fish In fact at this point the films of both Pier Paolo Pasolini and Alejandro Jodorowsky came to mind for the use of shocking and surreal imagery If the Gods connived and double crossed one another over the fate 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 in The Skin they are the John while Naples is the whore The Italians Malaparte says jump for joy out the windows of their ruined houses waving foreign flags and hurtling flowers at the conuerors Later in the novel when switching to Rome a man so excited by the sight of the Allies falls under the caterpillars of a Sherman tank and ends up flat as pancake Troubled by this the General at least offers money for a decent burial When talking of or to the Americans Malaparte does so with a double edged 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 frolicsome 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 front of themI 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 They are no simple victims than the latter are simple victors The Skin is served up like a bottle of fancy 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 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


About the Author: Curzio Malaparte

Born Kurt Erich Suckert he was an Italian journalist dramatist short story writer novelist and diplomatBorn in Prato Tuscany he was a son of a German father and his Lombard wife the former Evelina Perelli He studied in Rome and then in he started his career as a journalist He fought in the First World War and later in he took part in the March on Rome He later saw he was.