The skin / Curzio Malaparte ; introduction by Rachel Kushner ; translated by David Moore.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "'It is a shameful thing to win a war.' The reliably unorthodox Curzio Malaparte's own service as an Italian liaison officer with the Allies during the invasion of Italy was the basis for this searing and surreal novel, in which the contradictions inherent in any attempt to simultaneously conquer and liberate a people beset the triumphant but ingenuous American forces as they make their way up the peninsula. Malaparte's account begins in occupied Naples, where veterans of the disbanded and humiliated Italian army beg for work, and ceremonial dinners for high Allied officers or important politicians feature the last remaining sea creatures in the city's famous aquarium. He leads the American Fifth Army along the Via Appia Antica into Rome, where the celebrations of a vast, joy-maddened crowd are only temporarily interrupted when one well-wisher slips beneath the tread of a Sherman tank. As the Allied advance continues north to Florence and Milan, the civil war intensifies, provoking in the author equal abhorrence for killing fellow Italians and for the "heroes of tomorrow, " those who will come out of hiding to shout "Long live liberty" as soon as the Germans are chased away. Like Celine, another anarchic satirist and disillusioned veteran of two world wars, Malaparte paints his compatriots as in a fun-house mirror that yet speaks the truth, creating terrifying, grotesque, and often darkly comic scenes that will not soon be forgotten. Unlike the French writer however, he does so in the characteristically sophisticated, lush, yet unsentimental prose that was as responsible for his fame as was his surprising political trajectory. The Skin was condemned by the Roman Catholic Church, and placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum. "-- Provided by publisher.
    • Notes:
      29 43
    • Other Titles:
      Pelle. English
    • ISBN:
      9781590176221 (pbk.)
      1590176227 (pbk.)
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    • ABNT:
      MALAPARTE, C.; MOORE, D. (Translator). The skin. [s. l.]: New York Review Books, 2013. ISBN 9781590176221. Disponível em: Acesso em: 4 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Malaparte C, Moore D (Translator). The Skin. New York Review Books; 2013. Accessed July 4, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      Malaparte C, Moore D (Translator). The Skin. New York Review Books; 2013. Accessed July 4, 2020.
    • APA:
      Malaparte, C., & Moore, D. (Translator). (2013). The skin. New York Review Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Malaparte, Curzio, and David (Translator) Moore. 2013. The Skin. New York Review Books Classics. New York Review Books.
    • Harvard:
      Malaparte, C. and Moore, D. (Translator) (2013) The skin. New York Review Books (New York Review Books Classics). Available at: (Accessed: 4 July 2020).
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      Malaparte, C & Moore, D (Translator) 2013, The skin, New York Review Books Classics, New York Review Books, viewed 4 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Malaparte, Curzio, and David (Translator) Moore. The Skin. New York Review Books, 2013. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Malaparte, Curzio, and David (Translator) Moore. The Skin. New York Review Books Classics. New York Review Books, 2013.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Malaparte C, Moore D (Translator). The skin [Internet]. New York Review Books; 2013 [cited 2020 Jul 4]. (New York Review Books Classics). Available from:


PW Reviews 2013 October #1

In striving to be darkly humorous, this novel, about the invasion of Italy during World War II, finds the darkness repeatedly and the humor almost never. Capt. Curzio Malaparte, the narrator, is an Italian liaison officer in the Italian Corps of Liberation (and also an author) stationed in Naples. U.S. Army Staff Col. Jack Hamilton, whom Malaparte is very fond of, is American. Hamilton is extremely accomplished, an Olympic athlete, and a fine scholar. Jimmy Wren is another Army captain, a genial Midwesterner. Together the three men play out their days in occupied Italy, where, among other vignettes, they visit an alley where, despite the grimness of the surroundings, fresh, hot pastry called taralli is served and one of the women who lives there manages a song. Another part of Malaparte's tale follows Jeanlouis, a man from a family of Milanese nobility. He is an intellectual whose young, impoverished, left-wing followers admire him greatly. Fred is English, a Conservative in the House of Lords. Together these men navigate a land ravaged by war where survivors are forced to do things they never would have dreamed of doing in order to have a chance at survival. There's a nice sense of place and time here, but the unsuccessful attempts at levity make for an exhausting read. (Nov.)

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