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La mano mozza

(Blaise Cendrars autobiography)

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Un romanzo intenso sulla Grande Guerra. Cendrars vi partecipò combattendo al fronte, e raccontò l'orrore, lo sgomento, le privazioni, le miserie ma anche gli slanci di coraggio, la vitalità e persino l'umorismo di soldati mandati a morire nel grande olocausto del primo conflitto. E' una rappresentazione cruda, realistica ma anche partecipe, nella quale si alternano scene t ...more
Paperback, Gli elefanti, 299 pages
Published 1993 by Garzanti (first published 1946)
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Vittorio Ducoli
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Amici miei in trincea

La mano mozza è, come dice Cendrars, una cronaca delle avventure dell'autore durante la Grande Guerra. Cendrars infatti si arruolò nella Legione Straniera, fu mandato al fronte nelle trincee della Somme e nel settembre 1915 perse l'avambraccio destro. Il libro è stato scritto al termine di un'altra guerra, nel 1945-46, e la distanza di quasi trent'anni dai fatti narrati si sente. Infatti Cendrars si lascia forse prendere dalla nostalgia di quella che è stata la sua giovinez
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Anna Prejanò
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Accostare “La mano mozza” a Hemingway o Céline perché tutti e tre parlano della prima guerra mondiale è come dire che “Histoire d’O” e “Madame Bovary” sono simili perché parlano di tradimenti femminili. Sto solo facendo un esempio, non esprimendo un giudizio (detto per inciso, non ho mai sopportato né Hemingway né Céline, mentre non si discute che “Madame Bovary” sia un capolavoro altissimo della letteratura mondiale; “Histoire d’O” è lettura fatta in epoca adolescenziale sulla quale non mi sent ...more
Killtheboy
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read. I'm surprised this does not get mentioned more when talking about classic WW1 memoirs but I'm told it's much more well known in France. I'd highly recommend this read to anyone who enjoys a good memoir or WW1 story. It is told in an interesting fashion, letting you know that a character is killed in action before you are even introduced to them. There moments when Cendrars' talent for writing really shines through, even in translation. For the most part, it reads like someone sitti ...more
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Stéphane
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1914. Blaise Cendrars, jeune poète qui vient de révolutionner les lettres avec sa "Prose du Transsibérien", lance un appel aux étrangers résidant en France et s'engage comme volontaire dans l'armée française. C'est comme légionnaire qu'il mènera cette guerre qui lui coûtera la main droite en septembre 1915.
"La main coupée", deuxième partie de cette tétralogie de souvenirs de Blaise Cendrars est un hommage à tous les camarades avec qui il a partagé les combats. Les seuls survivants semblent être
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Roberto Roseano
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poeta, scrittore, reporter, sceneggiatore, fondatore di riviste culturali, uomo d'affari, poliglotta, amico di molti altri artisti, Blaise Cendrars (nome d'arte di Frédéric-Louis Sauser), è stata una figura molto importante in Francia, con una forte influenza su tutte le avanguardie artistiche e letterarie di inizio XX secolo.
In questo libro, sia pure a distanza di molti anni, racconta in maniera puntuale, vivida, spesso cruda e sprezzante nei confronti delle gerarchie e dei regolamenti militari
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Christopher
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are at least 4 ways to write one's autobiography. This is my favourite so far.
With Mr Cendrars one never knows and that is just fine with me. This is an excellent translation of a few years from an amazing, astonishing man.
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Empire
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Frédéric Louis Sauser, better known as Blaise Cendrars, was a Swiss novelist and poet naturalized French in 1916. He was a writer of considerable influence in the modernist movement.

His father, an inventor-businessman, was Swiss, his mother Scottish. He spent his childhood in Alexandria, Naples, Brindisi, Neuchâtel, and numerous other places, while accompanying his father, who endlessly pursued bu
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