"Mesmerizing and appalling. Set in Naples after theAllies landed, Malaparte combines commentary on the American national character with musings on the mid-century degradation of western civilization. Neapolitans, both high and low, appear as a race of "paga-tholics," or "catho-gans." Mount Vesuvius is an important supporting character."
"WWII through the eyes of an Italian journalist who spends time in the Ukraine, Poland, Sweden and Finland, with access to German officials and aristocracy, Swedish aristocracy, and the Italian court. The descriptions of the Scandinavian summer are mesmerizing and his pieces from Finland are the best in the book, in my view. His piece on Naples is stunning."
"A rare novel about the Second World War written before the war was over. The refugees in the story, French, German, Hungarian, do not yet know who will win the War. Which makes this story about human limbo even more perfect than it already is."