Marlboro, VT: The Marlboro Press, 1982. Reprint Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth, spine gilt, original printed dust jacket.
"I was running away from the war, the slaughter, typhus and hunger; I was running away from the prison, from the stinking, dark, airless cell, the filthy straw mattress, the loathsome soup, bugs, lice and the pail full of excrement. I wanted to go home, I wanted to go to Capri, to my lonely house high above the sea." Italian writer, dramatist and journalist Curzio Malaparte’s shockingly graphic yet lyrical novelistic account of World War II. Sent by the Italian paper Corrierre della Sera to cover the war in Russia as a correspondent, Malaparte covertly wrote his genre-bending chronicles while surveying the events firsthand on the Eastern Front. Originally published in Italy in 1943, this is a reprint of the 1949 first US edition. Some edgewear to unclipped dust jacket, with small chip to bottom edge of lower panel. Very good. Item #2347