Curzio Malaparte, the intellectual fighter

Curzio Malaparte is the art name of Kurt Erich Suckert (Prato, 1898-Rome, 1957) , writer, journalist and Italian officer of the 20th century.
Malaparte also took part, on one occasion, as a film director.

At the outbreak of the First World War, Malaparte was sixteen. He enlisted in the Legion Garibaldina and went voluntary to the front. When Italy entered the war, the young Curtius entered the body of the Alpine Army of the Royal Army and was decorated with military value.

Immediately after the First World War, Malaparte attempted to publish his first book, Viva Caporetto!, a novel essay on the war that look at the corrupt Rome as the main enemy to fight.
When the work was finished, in 1919 the journalistic activity began.

His first work, was rejected by many publishers (including his friend Giuseppe Prezzolini) and was first published at the expense of the author in Prato in 1921. Immediately seized, was republished in the same year with the new title of The Revolt of the Damned Saints .

Initially, among the ideologues and sympathizers of the fascist movement, Curzio Malaparte gradually moved away, especially after the establishment of the regime in 1925, so that in 1933 it was confined to the island of Lipari. Thanks to his friendship with Galeazzo Ciano, Malaparte returned freely to perform the post of Corriere della Sera .

During the Second World War, Curzio Malaparte moved all over Europe and participated in the Italian-Greek War, as Captain of the Alpine. Arrested by the Allies in 1943, he collaborated with allied contradiction until Liberation.

In 1949, the novel The Skin was dedicated to “all good and honest American soldiers, my fellow fighters from 1943 to 1945, who died unnecessarily for the freedom of Europe.”

The love of Curzio Malaparte for the island of Capri began in 1936, when he visited his friend Axel Munthe. Thanks to the interest of his friend Galeazzo Ciano, he bought from an islander, Antonio Vuotto, a piece of land peaking over the sea, in an impregnable and wild position, just a few steps away from the Faraglioni.
Here he built Villa Malaparte on his own project, or as he called it “House Like Me”, which in short came to be a meeting place for artists and intellectuals of the time and which is considered a masterpiece of Italian rationalism.


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Thursday April 16th, 2015