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La pelle

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  677 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Un viaggio allucinato e infernale nella Napoli appena liberata dagli americani, un susseguirsi di storie al limite della visionarietà nei meandri di una città distrutta, sfinita, quasi in putrefazione, una grottesca rappresentazione del dolore, della bestialità, della miseria e della turpitudine: il romanzo-scandalo di Curzio Malaparte pare voler colpire con tutti i mezzi ...more
Hardcover, La biblioteca di Repubblica - Novecento #96, 315 pages
Published November 5th 2003 by Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso (first published January 1st 1949)
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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 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 for long. He was kicked out of the party for his free thinking (and for lamb
'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 impact it must have had just after the end of the war ...more
"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 yet real,cynical yet idealistic– Malaparte performs the tightrope act with aplomb.Not for everyone thou
Apr 05, 2014 Lobstergirl rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Donald Rumsfeld
Shelves: fiction, nyrb

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 when it's surreal it gives the appearance of being real, because that's war - so awful you can't really believe it.

My favorite chapter feat
Liam Howley
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 arrived alongside "the loveliest, the kindest, the most respectable army in the world... born like Venus, of t
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 peoples
b) 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 adjusting to the characters and the tone of the book, but as soon as I hit the fire-bombing of Hamb
Nov 30, 2011 Islam rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Islam by: Milan kundera
موت الروح..قيامة الجسد، والليبرالية المتفسخة
خلّد بيكاسو بشاعة الحرب الأهلية الإسبانية فى لوحته "الجرنيكا" كدليل مستقبلى وخالد وتيمة موازية للحدث وقرائنه فى المستقبل، لكن لماذا نحس بالبشاعة يصاحبها رعبً مؤلم عندما نشاهد فيلما أو نقرأ كلمات؟، هل يرجع ذلك للثبات واللحظية التى اختزلتها الألوان والخطوط فى اللوحة خلافاً للحركية والنزف المتنامى للمشاعر المحرّضة للمكنون الوجدانى المترسب تاريخياً تحت سطح الحواس.
مقدمة الكتاب-بقلم الناقد السينمائى سمير فريد- لا تغنى عنها ق
I'm slowly making my way through the New York Review Books Classics list and this has been the most intense, compelling and thought provoking novel so far. It's cynical, tragic,and horrifying, a deeply uncomfortable and emotive read at times. Mesmerizing reading and an old cliche I know but it is difficult to put down once started. Others have already alluded to the synopsis of a war torn and devastated Naples. Nothing romantic about this novel, the reader isn't left with any illusions about the ...more
Curzio Malaparte could only be described as a literary chameleon. The son of a German father and an Italian mother, he was born in Tuscany under the name of Kurt Erick Suckert. He changed his last name from Suckert to Malaparte, the opposite of Buonaparte -- from a good place -- the family name of Napoleon. He began as a Fascist who supported Mussolini, but as a result of his snarky attitudes, he served time in several Fascist jails, until he was released by Mussolini's heir. He was then assigne ...more
الكتاب 60 صفحة
25 مقدمة
و 35 الرواية نفسها
مختصرة بشكل غريب
قرأتها أثناء الإنتظار في عيادة الأسنان
لا بأس بها
Angelo Ricci
Un fastoso e barocco affresco. Un terribile viaggio dantesco nei più oscuri meandri dell'animo umano, reso ancor più ricettivo dall'esperienza belluina della guerra. Carne, sangue, merda e sperma. Questi sono gli elementi costitutivi della vita. Questi sono i punti cardinali dell'umanità. Inutile pensare il contrario.
Come un quadro di Bruegel, come un bassorilievo di una cattedrale romanica, raffigurante le mostruose fattezze dei demoni, La pelle è il definitivo baedeker per chi vuole orientars
Lucie Novak
I almost forgot about this book when a fellow Goodreads reader Cphe mentioned it today.Thank you!
But now I recall it vividly, with all those sometimes shocking details. We all read it, in a Czech translation, when I was in medical school. It is not for the light-hearted and easily shocked. But of course, those things he is describing most likely all happened, and one should not be more shocked by literature than by history.
Having said that, we often are. That is what real art does to you- make y
James Murphy
The Skin is a novel whose narrative runs the course of the Italian campaign of World War II, from the Salerno landings to peace. It's not a war novel however, but rather a novel about morality. And it's a novel drenched in symbolism and satire which more than bites, it devours.

Early on Curzio Malaparte writes about Americans: "They do not know although they are in many respects the most Christian nation in the world, that without evil there can be no Christ." The last chapter is called "The Dead
Jack Fingon
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 sus
Oct 11, 2012 Giovanna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chi ama la letteratura italiana
Napoli negli ultimi giorni dell'occupazione nazista vissuti in prima persona dall'autore. Una descrizione senza pari di questa città,dei suoi terribili problemi,dei suoi orrori,delle sue insanabili contraddizioni;ma anche della sua bellezza unica e disperata,del cuore e dell'anima dei suoi abitanti,dei tanti dolori e delle poche gioie che sono le due facce di un'unica medaglia,la vita.Un libro bellissimo,crudo e poetico insieme il cui titolo altrimenti insondabile si spiega in queste righe "Oggi ...more
mai ahmd

رواية قصيرة جدا تتحدث عن آثار الحروب وما تتركه من بشاعات على المجتمعات الإنسانية
مشاهد فنتازية مؤذية كصاعق كهربائي ينهال على رأسك

Thật khó nói về cuốn sách này. Nó có thể là kiệt tác, nhưng đọc nó thật mệt, quá nhiều chết chóc và xác người, thịt người..., chưa kể thái độ luôn khóc lóc gần với khổ dâm của nhân vật kể chuyện. Có nhiều cái nhìn rất định kiến, thậm chí là phân biệt chủng tộc và với người đồng tính quá rõ rệt (nhưng 1 phần có thể là do người dịch?). Cuốn sách có nhiều hình ảnh ám ảnh như trong những bộ phim siêu thực, và ranh giới giữa hiện thực với ảo giác, hiện thực và siêu thực, ghi chép và tiểu thuyết, thực ...more
رباب كساب
صفحات من الألم الحقيقي رصد لمعنى الذل بعد الهزيمة قال عنه المؤلف هناك فارق عميق بين أن تقاتل لكي لا تموت وأن تقاتل لكي تعيش
بعد أن كان القتال عزة وكرامة لأجل الحفاظ على وطن بات قتال من أجل أن تستمر في الحياة بأي طريقة كانت
عنوان الرواية أكثر من رائع فهو بديل لكلمة إحساس فمن يمتلك الجلد هو القادر على امتلاك مراكز إحساسه هو بني آدم بمعنى أصح
بقى أن أقول أن سردها المرسل الانتقالات بين المشاهد في سرعة أشبه بعين كاميرا لا عين روائية ، سرد صادم للحقائق للحالة المذرية التي كانت فيها نابولي بعد الحرب خال
قرأت الرواية بالصدفة بعدما سمعت عن الفيلم الذى أخرجته المخرجة ليليانا كافانى عن هذه الرواية فى صورة ساتيركون عن الفترة التى تلت سقوط إيطاليا و ألمانيا فى الحرب العالمية الثانية.
هى رواية قصيرة فى حدود السبعين صفحة إن لم يكن أقل و تمت ترجمتها للعربية - و هى مفاجأة- على يد الشاعر صلاح عبد الصبور الذى لم يكن فى يوم من الأيام مترجما و لم يترجم سوى تلك الرواية فقط.
الرواية جيدة و أتمنى أن أرى الفيلم المأخوذ عنها.
Jenny Beth
This book is like no other that i have ever read. Malaparte is so weird and so sharp - this book is like a gutteral jagged durge coming out of post war Calabria. It is shocking and illuminating and difficult. read the book, preferablly near his house on Capri.
Aya Fathy
يا الله ! لماذا صار القتل شريعة ؟

مشهد تسلية المحتضر حتى لا يشعر بالعذاب مشهد أبكانــي ..

عندما نتحدث عن الهزيمة فهي المذلة ..

وعندما نتحدث عن المذلة فهي الهزيمة ..

أحدهما يقود للآخر وحسب .. والحرب عندما تهزم أرضاً ستنزع عنها آخر قطعة من ملابسها!

وتباً للمنتصر
Riletto la settimana scorsa: Un inno d'amore a Napoli, e tante riflessioni sulla vita, la morte, la guerra e la corruzione.
Mohamed Nida نيده
مشاهد عاصرها مالابارته أثناء دخول قوات جيش التحرير الأمريكي لمدينة نابولي الإيطالية، تكشف عن مدى الخسة التي وصل إليها المنتصر - جيش التحرير - وإمعانه في إذلال المهزوم - السكان المحليين المستسلمين - ليشعر بالزهو والفخر!

ينقل سمير فريد في المقدمة على لسان ليليانا كافاني مخرجة الفيلم المأخوذ عن هذا العمل: "هؤلاء الذين لا يملكون شيئًا لا يستطيعون إلا أن يقدموا أجسادهم إلى الذين يملكون كل شيء."
هذا بالضبط ما حدث مع سكان المدينة، فمع دخول جيش التحرير لمحاربة قوات الجيش الألماني، عاش السكان في ضِعة وهوان
brutal tales of naples and italy and wwii in general, along with the tales of italian fascim, imperialism, axis courting, ally welcoming. the bitingness satire and irony you will find, with just horrific stories of war and aftermath. sad to say, one could substitute many other cities and countries for naples, usa, italy, germany, with say....usa baghdad iran or usa kabul afghanistan or usa atalanta confederacy or usa black kettle sand hills or usa benghazi lybia or

Malaparte è fastidioso. Si compiace di descriverci episodi crudi e crudeli e dopo poche pagine se ne esce con immagini bucoliche, liriche, tenere.
Per i miei gusti però è troppo infarcito di retorica e troppo amante del patetico.
Apprezzo sicuramente di più il suo cinismo (che almeno fa vedere la fine della guerra per quello che è) rispetto al suo sentimentalismo da pochi soldi. Insomma, ottimo il tema, così così lo svolgimento ;)

Both heart-wrenching and funny, brutally cynical and deeply human, Malaparte certainly evokes the meaning of life and death in this great work. His prose transported me effortlessly to Naples in 1944 and I felt as if I myself were Jack, the American officer to whom Malaparte was assigned as an Italian liason officer. Readers should pair this book with The Gallery by John Horne Burns: the authors share many attitudes in common, with Burns describing another aspect of wartime Naples, one which Mal ...more
Maria Grazia
Difficile recensire questo libro, questo libro oscenamente barocco, pieno di disgusto. Del disgusto che l'autore riserva praticamente a qualsiasi cosa, le donne, gli omosessuali, il popolo napoletano, che lo disgusta e lo attira insieme, l'esercito americano, i fascisti, i tedesci, i partigiani. E del disgusto che le scene che descrive generano nel lettore, così baroccamente, oscenamente crude.
La sensazione che se ne ricava è di estrema abiezione morale, di eccesso, di fantasia infiammata e sovr
Nayera Faisal
روايه قصيره عن مساوئ الحروب و تأثيرها فى نفوس الافراد و فاشيه المنتصر و استكانه المهزوم
Julian Gray
I read this book at the same time as Norman Lewis's The Skin. This review compares the two books and was posted on my blog at together with pictures and relevant links. I should add that the edition on Goodreads is an old one that was censored in various ways. A better and more recent edition was published by the New York Review of Books in 2013, translated by Rachel Kushner.

Curzio Malaparte’s The Skin and Norman Lewis’s Naples ’44: An Intelligence Officer in the Ital
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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 World War I, and later, in 1922, he took part in the March on Rome.
He later saw he was wrong su
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“You’re very kind,” said Colonel Jack Hamilton.”
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