8vo, pp. 152, with portrait and 3 other illustrations; in the original illustrated wrappers, spotted, spine discoloured and with slight loss at head and tail.
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Very rare first edition of this early collection of essays by the Tuscan political activist, journalist and essayist Curzio Malaparte (1898-1957), ‘one of Italy’s most charming and contradictory figures. Malaparte espoused various radical (and diametrically opposed) philosophical and political doctrines during his lifetime, and he was on intimate terms with such diverse figures as Hitler, Mao, Mussolini, Goering, and a number of antifascists from all over the world. His sense of the absurdity of warfare and his skilful portrayal of its grotesque and essentially ridiculous aspects in Kaputt, make Malaparte one of the most unique narrators of his generation’ (Bondanella).
Gambetti-Vezzosi p. 274; Spaducci p. 168. No copy found in OCLC or COPAC, and none outside Italy in KvK.
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