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Curzio Malaparte

Biography

Curzio Malaparte was born Kurt Suckert in Prato in 1898. His father was German and his mother Italian. He fought in the First World War, where he was a victim of a mustard gas attack. After the War he took up journalism. He became enamoured of Fascism and published various pro-Fascist magazines. However, once he started writing books, he took a more critical view of the Fascists, and was exiled to Lipari for his book Tecnica del colpo di Stato (Coup d’Etat, the Technique of Revolution), subsequently moving to Ischia. He had a lifelong attachment to Capri, where he built a famous house. During the war he worked for Corriere della Sera and was imprisoned for some of his writings. He is best known for Kaputt (Kaputt; later: Kaputt goes Europe!) and La Pelle (The Skin) about the war. After their success, he emigrated to Paris, where he wrote plays but with limited success. He was attracted to Chinese communism at the end of his life. He died of lung cancer in 1957, converting to Catholicism on his deathbed.

Books about Curzio Malaparte

Michael McDonough: Malaparte: A House Like Me (more about his house in Capri but also about him)

Other links

Curzio Malaparte
Malaparte portrait of an Italian surrealist
Curzio Malaparte burial site and memorial on a hill above Prato
Curzio Malaparte (in Italian)
Biografia di Curzio Malaparte (in Italian)
Curzio Malaparte (1898-1957) (in Italian)
Il soggiorno di Curzio Malaparte nell’isola d’Ischia (in Italian)
La guerra sempre uguale: Curzio Malaparte, reporter dai balcani (in Italian)
Curzio Malaparte: ironia e interculturità (in Italian)

Bibliography

1921 Viva Caporetto! (later: La Rivolta Dei Santi Maledetti; later: Viva Caporetto! La rivolta dei santi maledetti)
1922 Le nozze degli eunuchi
1923 L’Europa Vivente
1925 Italia barbara
1927 Avventure di un capitano di sventura
1928 L’Arcitaliano (poetry)
1930 Intelligenza ii Lenin
1931 I custodi del disordine
1931 Sodoma e Gomorra
1931 Tecnica del colpo di stato (Coup d’Etat, the Technique of Revolution) (first published in French as Technique du coup d’état)
1932 Lenin buonanima (first published in French as Le bonhomme Lénine)
1936 Fughe in prigione
1937 Sangue
1938 Viaggio in inferno
1940 Donna come me (Woman Like Me)
1941 Il sole è cieco
1943 Il Volga nasce In Europa (The Volga Rises In Europe)
1944 Kaputt (Kaputt; later: Kaputt goes Europe!)
1946 Don Camaleo
1948 Deux chapeaux de paille d’Italie
1949 Il battibecco (poetry)
1949 La Pelle (The Skin)
1949 La storia di domani
1949 Coppi e Bartali (first published in French as Les deux visages d’Italie: Coppi et Bartali)
1951 Das Kapital (drama – in French)
1951 Du Côté de chez Proust
1955 Due anni di battibecco
1956 Maledetti Toscani (Those Cursed Tuscans)
1957 Racconti Italiani
1957 I custodi del disordine
1958 Io In Russia e In China
1959 Mamma marcia
1959 Opere complete
1960 L’inglese in paradiso
1961 Benedetti Italiani
1961 L’Europa vivente e altri saggi politici
1962 Lenin buonanima
1963 Viaggi fra i terremoti
1966 Diario di uno Straniero a Parigi (first published in French as Journal d’un étranger à Paris)
1968 La razza marxista
1971 Il ballo al Cremlino e altri inediti di romanzo (The Kremlin Ball)
1985 Il dorato sole dell’inferno etrusco e altre prose
1991 Il meglio dei racconti di Curzio Malaparte
1992 Il Cristo proibito
1995 1952; Anche le donne hanno perso la guerra; 1953-1954
1996 1955; Brani e sceneggiature; Sangue e sexophone
1996 Lotta con l’angelo, Il compagno di viaggio e l’idolo, Il compagno di viaggio, La bambola di carta. 1956, Il ritorno
1998 Febo cane metafisico
1999 Muss; Il grande imbecille
2006 Viaggio in Etiopia e altri scritti africani