Partly true and partly fiction, Kaputt is based on Malparte's experiences as a journalist following the Fascist armies invading the Soviet Union...Malaparte’s grotesquely baroque stories do not need to be true. They speak honestly about the absurd horrors of war.
–The Times [UK]
Frank, glamorous and gruesome, Kaputt delivers a unique insider’s verdict on the damned elite of a damnable system.
–The Independent [UK]
…a transcendent work about the admixture of high culture, bestial depravity and human sadism. Part autobiography and part fiction, it captures seemingly unfathomable history. No work has ever revealed more about the murderous blend of zeal and indifference that is fanaticism. Simultaneously mythic and wholly human, Kaputt haunts the reader forever.
— Wall Street Journal
A scrupulous reporter? Probably not. One of the most remarkable writers of the 20th century? Certainly.
— Ian Buruma
Kaputt is a sad, astonishing, horrifying and lyrical book. It shows us the results of ideological fanaticism, racism, twisted values masquerading as spiritual purity, and the hatred of life, in their most personal and shameful aspects. It is essential for any human understanding of World War II.
— Margaret Atwood
An amazing and engrossing book…quite brilliantly done, crammed with incredible and terrifying stories.
— Orville Prescott, The New York Times
[Kaputt] is like a report from the interior of Chernobyl. Malaparte had gotten very close to the radioactive core of the Axis Powers and somehow emerged to tell the tale, simultaneously humanizing things and rendering them even more chilling as a result…. Required reading for every citizen of the Twentieth Century.
— Walter Murch
This is a very strange, blood curdling, and even nauseating masterpiece unlike anything except possibly the Marquis de Sade!Published 2 months ago by Gary Moore
Malaparte’s book is simply amazing. He weaves fact and fiction into a dark lyrical tapestry that completely encapsulates the brutal heart and nature of World War II. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John
"Kaputt" (accent on the last syllable) is a German word for a miserable, disastrous failure. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Goral
I have read various histories of the Third Reich.(Outstanding books are Nazi Germany and the Jews: Volume 1: The Years of Persecution 1933-1939 and The Third Reich: A New... Read morePublished on July 28, 2012 by Joanna King Vallancebooks
This book meanders around Europe and wanders aimlessly from scene to scene, most of them unimportant and trivial in nature. Read morePublished on June 9, 2010 by L M Balls
Malaparte's book is a superficial documentary about the horrors of the Second World War, the arrogance of the nobility, the cynicism of the fascist leaders and some aspects of... Read morePublished on February 28, 2010 by Luc REYNAERT
This is among the strangest books dealing with WWII that I've come across. Part novel, part memoir- Kaput is a compelling, grim and often shocking book. Read morePublished on August 11, 2009 by R. J. Marsella
A very detailed -yet sometimes raw depiction of the postwar Europe in 1945. A must-read for anyone.Published on February 28, 2009 by VTP
I read a news article that this was one of Walid Jumblatt's favourite books, he presented it to Robert Fisk, with the above inscription. [... Read morePublished on December 14, 2007 by Hugh Claffey