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Curzio Malaparte: The Narrative Contract Strained (Hull Italian texts) [Paperback]

William Hope
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2 Mar 2000 1899293221 978-1899293223
Within a biographical context, this critical study explores the way in which Malaparte used his political pamphlets, prose poems, satirical verse and travel writings for the purposes of self-re-invention. The changing nature of the writer's rapport with his readership is also closely analysed, as this volume sheds new light on the controversies which surrounded one of the most versatile Italian writers of the twentieth century.

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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd (2 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899293221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899293223
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,724,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A very scholarly, intelligent and useful review of the critical reception of Malaparte's works" Annali d'italianistica

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William Hope is a lecturer in Italian at the University of Salford. His research interests include fascist literature, travel writing and Italian cinema.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of Malaparte's life and works 12 July 2002
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Curzio Malaparte was a journalist, novelist, travel writer, and political commentator who witnessed the rise and fall of Fascism in Italy, as well as the reconstruction of postwar Europe. This, to my knowledge, is the first monograph on Malaparte in English, a publication which goes beyond the myths and rumours surrounding his life. Through a meticulous re-examination of Malaparte's publications, this volume analyses the contrast between who Malaparte actually was, and the self-image that he tried to project into his articles and books.
Changing one's self-image was something of a prerequisite in an age characterized by constant political and social turmoil, and William Hope's book traces the way Malaparte portrayed himself - at different times - as a vengeful First World War veteran, an ardent supporter of Mussolini, a victim of the Fascist regime, a courageous war reporter, and a postwar protector of the socially excluded.
The volume is divided into ten chapters, plus an introduction, epilogue, and bibliography, and is innovative in the way it re-evaluates Malaparte's literary output. As a consequence, Malaparte's postwar travel writing, fascinating articles based on his visits to Russia and China, receive an entire chapter. By contrast, some of Malaparte's more overrated works, such as the bombastic "Maledetti Toscani"/"Those Cursed Tuscans", receive less than three lines, which is about what they deserve in terms of literary value.
All in all, an extremely interesting and useful publication.
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