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Kaputt by Curzio Malaparte

Kaputt (1944)

by Curzio Malaparte

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Dan Hofstadter is a well-reviewed memoirist on Naples, which presumably explains why he was chosen to add the Afterword to the NYRB-Classics edition. But he is no Malaparte fan. It was disconcerting to finish a book I quite enjoyed and then read his largely negative comments. Yes, Malaparte's politics are suspect, he is a compulsive name-dropper, his blend of Proustian social observation and accounts of atrocities on the Eastern front is in questionable taste. But we are here to judge the book, not the author, and I found Kaputt a compelling read, full of unforgetable visual descriptions. I was not too certain about the quality of the translation. I thought it was normal to translate into one's first language. Early on, there is a reference to Shakespeare's Cleopatra as "the snake of the old Nile." No, just no.
1 vote booksaplenty1949 | Sep 21, 2017 |
Okumaya başlarken istekliydim ama doğrusu ön söz beni biraz yordu ve bundan dolayı sıkıntılı bir başlangıç yaptım. Ancak daha ilk sayfalarda kritik bir sorunun cevabını, kısmen de olsa, bulabileceğim bir metinle karşı karşıya olduğumu hissettim. Kafaları çok uzun zamandır kurcalayan, cevabı hep bulundu sanılıp bir süre sonra yok bu değilmiş denilen bir soru. Sadece Türk’lerin değil, Ruslar’ın, Araplar’ın, muhakkak Kürtler’in ve hatta bir çok Doğu Avrupa’lının zihnini zorlayan bir soru. Avrupa ne demektir?
Kaputt bence, kendi anlattığı hikayenin dışında ve üstünde, Avrupa’yı anlatan daha doğrusu Avrupa imgesini kavramayı sağlayan, en azından bir kenarından hissettirebilen bir kitap. Aydınlanmanın, “Renaissance” ın olduğu kadar bunlar karşısında yükselen o güçlü tepkinin de Avrupa’nın ta kendisi olduğunu bence çok ama çok güzel anlatıyor. Bu bağlamda sürekli olarak Nietzsche’den alıntı yapan sevgili dostlarıma Kaputt’u özellikle tavsiye ederim. Öte yandan çok tartıştığımız ve hatta artık bir anlamı kalmadığının çok iddialı bir şekilde söylendiğini duyduğumuz Avrupa Birliği’nin neyi ifade ettiğini sorgulayanlarada Kaputt’u tavsiye ederim. Son olarak anti semitizme gösterilen tepkileri kavramakta zorluk çekenlere, bu konuda ki hassasiyeti siyasi olarak batıcılık olarak tanımlayanlara da Kaputt’u iki kere okumlarını tavsiye derim.
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  Deep0blue | Apr 2, 2016 |
Reads like a journalistic Gravity's Rainbow. Dark and mad Italian war correspondence, compelling at times because (not despite) the moral repugnance of its author.

Although the opening chapter 'De cote de guarmantes' has too adjectives, and the penultimate 'Golf Handicaps' too much name-dropping, each chapter in between is full of images harrowing and beautiful enough to stick in the mind forever. ( )
1 vote sometimeunderwater | Sep 8, 2014 |
Fabulous tales from the dark side of human nature... and in the same kind of overblown prose as that description, for the most part. The first chapter's hard to get through if you're not into adjectives, which I'm not. But after that the set pieces start to cohere pretty well, and the author's evident self-loathing becomes more and more justifiable. Not sure I'll ever forget the frozen horses, the King of Poland, or the young prostitutes. ( )
1 vote stillatim | Dec 29, 2013 |
Le lac était comme une immense plaque de marbre blanc sur laquelle étaient posées des centaines et des centaines de têtes de chevaux. Les têtes semblaient coupées net au couperet. Seules, elles émergeaient de la croûte de glace. 'foutes les têtes étaient tournées vers le rivage. Dans les yeux dilatés on voyait encore briller la terreur comme une flamme blanche. Près du rivage, un enchevêtrement de chevaux férocement cabrés émergeait de la prison de glace... Les soldats du colonel Merikallio descendaient. au lac, et s'asseyaient sur les têtes des chevaux. On eût dit les chevaux de bois d'un carrousel.
  PierreYvesMERCIER | Feb 19, 2012 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Curzio Malaparteprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cate, J.P. TenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foligno, CesareTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haar, Jan van dersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hofstadter, DanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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KAPUTT (vom hebräischen Kappâroth,
Opfer, oder französisch Capot, matsch)
zugrunde gerichtet, entzwei.

Meyer, Conversationlexicon, 1860
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"Kaputt é um livro triste, espantoso, aterrador e lírico. Ele nos mostra os resultados do fanatismo ideológico, do racismo, dos valores distorcidos mascarados como pureza espiritual e do ódio à vida, em seus aspectos mais viscerais e vergonhosos. É um livro essencial para a compreensão da Segunda Guerra Mundial." - Margaret Atwood Misto de reportagem e ficção, Kaputt foi escrito secretamente quando Curzio Malaparte cobria a Segunda Guerra Mundial como enviado do jornal Corriere della Sera e s e tornou um best-seller ao ser publicado. Relatando jantares e conversas do lado do inimigo, Malaparte apresenta um retrato devastador da humanidade.
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Curzio Malaparte spent most of World War II as an Italian consul to other fascist states: Germany, Romania, Finland. His novelistic account of the war, surreptitiously written, presents the conflict from the point of view of those doomed to lose it. Malaparte's account is marked by sharp, lyrical observations, as when he encounters a detachment of German soldiers fleeing a Ukrainian battlefield: "When Germans become afraid, when that mysterious German fear begins to creep into their bones, they always arouse a special horror and pity. Their appearance is miserable, their cruelty sad, their courage silent and hopeless." Bleak and hopeless indeed, Malaparte's is a remarkable testimonial.

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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."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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