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The Skin 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 s Trasformata in un inferno di abiezione, la citt 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 verginit 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 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 questa l indicibile verit nella mano pietosa e fraterna dei liberatori, nella loro incapacit 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 libert , la giustizia, ma la schifosa pelle E, forse, la piet quella che in uno dei pi bei capitoli di questo 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 un uomo che soffre Non uno scrittore impegnato Un poeta


About the Author: Curzio Malaparte

Born Kurt Erich Suckert, he was an Italian journalist, dramatist, short story writer, novelist and diplomat.Born 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 1918, he started his career as a journalist He fought in the First World War, and later, in 1922, he took part in the March on Rome He later saw he was wrong in supporting fascism That is proved by reading Technique du coup d etat 1931 , where Malaparte attacked both Adolf Hitler and Mussolini This book was the origin of his downfall inside the National Fascist Party He was sent to internal exile from 1933 to 1938 on the island of Lipari.He was freed on the personal intervention of Mussolini s son in law and heir apparent Galeazzo Ciano Mussolini s regime arrested Malaparte again in 1938, 1939, 1941, and 1943 and imprisoned him in Rome s infamous jail Regina Coeli His remarkable knowledge of Europe and its leaders is based upon his own experiences as a correspondent and in the Italian diplomatic service In 1941 he was sent to cover the Eastern Front as a correspondent for Corriere della Sera He wrote articles about the front in Ukrania, but the fascist dictatorship of Mussollini censored it But later, in 1943, they were collected and brought out under the title Il Volga nasce in Europa The Volga Rises in Europe Also, this experience provided the basis for his two most famous books, Kaputt 1944 and The Skin 1949.



10 thoughts on “The Skin

  1. Violet wells Violet wells 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 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


  2. Steven Godin Steven Godin 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 signing of any book


  3. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    This was another amazing work from Malaparte, but I enjoyed it 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 images here the skin, the Siren , Vesuvius eruptingbut I found that the end dragged I did not really get what he was saying with t


  4. Steve Steve 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 initi


  5. Lobstergirl Lobstergirl 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 grotesque and at times surreal, but even wh


  6. Hanneke Hanneke 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


  7. Mala Mala says:

    It is a shameful thing to win a war I kept thinking of Iraq throughout this read the whole idea of liberating a country, a people of the conquerors and the conquered.Malaparte 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 venture.Tragic yet comic, surreal ye


  8. Liam Howley Liam Howley 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 that should be heeded.Naples has been liberated, or is it conquered Amidst a city in the grips of the plague , an abominable infestation of moral degeneration, which arr


  9. Conor Conor says:

    I don t know quite 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 read.c Somehow a b c 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


  10. David MacKinnon David MacKinnon says:

    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


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