By Curzio Malaparte, Cesare Foligno, Dan Hofstadter
Curzio Malaparte was once a disaffected supporter of Mussolini with a flavor for threat and excessive dwelling. despatched by way of an Italian paper in the course of global struggle II to hide the combating at the japanese entrance, Malaparte secretly wrote this terrifying document from the abyss, which grew to become a world bestseller while it was once released after the warfare. Telling of the siege of Leningrad, of glittering dinner events with Nazi leaders, and of trains disgorging our bodies in war-devastated Romania, Malaparte paints an image of humanity at its so much depraved.
Kaputt is an insider's dispatch from the realm of the enemy that's as hypnotically attention-grabbing because it is nerve-racking.
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The mute pictures of that young, distant Paris of his crumbled noiselessly before his eyes, but not to a point when the destruction of that happy world of his youth would ternisse, de la vulgarité d'aucun bruit, la chasteté de silence—spoil the chastity of silence by the vulgarity of any noise. Meanwhile, as if to work free of the sad spell of that voice and of the pictures that were called up by it, I raised my eyes and looked across the trees in the park at the Stockholm houses, ash-colored in the tired glow of the sunset.
There is something strange in Swedish nature, the same sort of madness that is in the nature of horses. There is also the same gentleness, the same morbid sensitiveness, the same free and abstract fancy. The equine character, the equine madness of the Swedish landscape is revealed not only in the great, solemn, incomparably green trees of the forests but also in the silky gloss of the vistas of water, woods, islands and clouds, in the light and deep airy vistas in which a transparent white lead, warm vermilion, cold blue, damp green and shiny turquoise compose a clear and elusive harmony, as if the colors never rested long on the woods, meadows and waters, but flitted instantly away like butterflies.
Some are white with a blue throat; and I have seen some that are very tiny and proud, all white, spotlessly white. At dawn they begin to sing sweetly in the cornfield, and the Germans raise their heads from a gloomy slumber to listen to their happy song. They fly in thousands over the battlefields on the Dniester, the Dnieper, the Don. They twitter away free and merry, and they are not afraid of the war. They are not afraid of Hitler, of the SS, or of the Gestapo. They do not linger on branches to look down on the slaughter, but they float in the blue singing.