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La pelle

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,173 Ratings  ·  144 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 1949)
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Violet wells
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 di
Steven  Godin
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 queue about a mile long full of angry souls including Neapolitans, members of the Italian Government, The Pope, Blacks, Homosexuals, and Dwarfs, w ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
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 erupting...but 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 said in Kaputt or the previous chapters of The Skin. The questions I ask myself reading this book ar ...more

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
Razlozi za i protiv čitanja Malaparteove "Kože":
1) mnogo dobro piše. Ne, zaista. Neverovatno zavodljiva proza kojom može da ispriča i najgnusnije stvari a da se ipak ne manete knjige.
2) pruža fantazmagorične opise užasa rata da ga se ni Goja ne bi postideo.

1) pruža fantazmagorične opise užasa rata da ga se ni Goja ne bi postideo. (Obratite pažnju na reč fantazmagorični. Ovo nije dokumentarna proza iako izdaleka ume da zaliči, a to dovodi do niza problema.)
2) pa gde početi? Od jezivog r
Mohammed  Ali
* و قلت للجاويش " دعني أراه " فقال " و هل أنت طبيب " ؟
قلت :
" لست طبيبا و لكنني رأيت الكثير من الجرحى " *

" و وجدت الفرصة سانحة للتدخل فقلت : و لكن ليس هنالك مدافن للسمك في نابولي .. إن أهل نابولي يأكلون السمك و يدفنون الناس، و لكنهم لا يأكلون الناس و يدفنون السمك "

قصة قصيرة مؤلمة جدا .. تتناول باختصار يوميات مدينة نابولي المفجوعة بعد سقوط الفاشية أثناء الحرب العالمية الثانية و دخول الحلفاء إليها بقيادة أمريكا .

" كنت أفضل الحرب على الإستسلام ثم الطاعون " .
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'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
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mala by: Liam Howley
"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
Liam Howley
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Donald Rumsfeld
Shelves: nyrb, fiction

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
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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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“The price of freedom is high — far higher than that of slavery. And it is not paid in gold, nor in blood, nor in the most noble sacrifices, but in cowardice, in prostitution, in treachery, and in everything that is rotten in the human soul.” 6 likes
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