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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
The Italian war reporter Malaparte won friends and enemies during his lifetime. From all accounts he was a difficult rogue. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AD
At page 337, I quit; unrewarded by an brief, occasional flash of honest writing. Having had seen this book mentioned with Cela, Celine, Baroja, I had expectations of this book... Read morePublished 3 months ago by t.jamesus
Not as good as hoped. Mostly covers meetings of people well away from where the fighting was and only on a few occasions does the book cover what happened.Published 10 months ago by Peter
This is a very strange, blood curdling, and even nauseating masterpiece unlike anything except possibly the Marquis de Sade!Published 16 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 18 months ago by John