Kaputt

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New York Review of Books, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 437 pages
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Curzio Malaparte was a disaffected supporter of Mussolini with a taste for danger and high living. Sent by an Italian paper during World War II to cover the fighting on the Eastern Front, Malaparte secretly wrote this terrifying report from the abyss, which became an international bestseller when it was published after the war. Telling of the siege of Leningrad, of glittering dinner parties with Nazi leaders, and of trains disgorging bodies in war-devastated Romania, Malaparte paints a picture of humanity at its most depraved.

Kaputt is an insider's dispatch from the world of the enemy that is as hypnotically fascinating as it is disturbing.
 

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User Review  - Ray Akerboom - Goodreads

Diary and letters of a war correspondent druing World War II. The man clealry loves himself and all the (in)famous people he says he has met. It gives information about the World in times of war but I thought it was pompous and boring at the same time. Read full review

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User Review  - M - Goodreads

I hate to pollute the great rating by downvoting. It's possible I don't understand this book in the literary vein it was intended. But for me it was kind of a slog and it was very scattered. I ... Read full review

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Page 3 - The chief character is Kaputt, the gay and gruesome monster. Nothing can convey better than this hard, mysterious German word Kaputt — which literally means, "broken, finished, gone to pieces, gone to ruin, " the sense of what we are, of what Europe is — a pile of rubble.

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About the author (2005)

Curzio Malaparte (pseudonym of Kur Eric Suckert, 1898-1957) was born in Prato and served in World War I. An early supporter of the Italian Fascist movement and a prolific journalist, Malaparte soon established himself as an outspoken public figure. In 1931 he incurred Mussolini's displeasure by publishing a how-to manual entilted Technique of the Coup-d'Etat, which led to his arrest and a brief term in prison. During World War II Malaparte worked as a correspondent, for much of the time on the Eastern Front, and this experience provided the basis for his two most famous books, Kaputt (1944) and The Skin (1949). Malaparte's political sympathies veered to the left after the war. He continued to write, while also involving himself in the theater and the cinema.

Dan Hofstadter's last book was The Love Affair as a Work of Art, a study of French writers. Falling Palace, about daily life in contemporary Naples, will be published in 2005.

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