Pioneering autofiction with his WWII novels Kaputt (1944) and The Skin (1949), Italian writer Curzio Malaparte is one of most controversial authors of the 20th Century. Malaparte was a protagonist of interwar Europe, from his tumultuous relations with Mussolini and the fascist regime to the cosmopolitan dalliances with French and Russian intelligentsia. He narrated these experiences in the two memoirs The Kremlin Ball and Diary of a Stranger in Paris, for the first time translated into English respectively by Jenny McPhee and Stephen Twilley and now published by NYRB Classics. The two translators will discuss their experience with Malaparte’s texts and their relationship with this fascinating yet problematic author. Writing after Fascism: Curzio Malaparte between Paris and Moscow


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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I will be introducing Giuseppe De Santis’ really terrific neorealist noir Bitter Rice (Riso Amaro) starring the amazing Silvana Mangano in a free screening at NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò

6:30pm on November 19th

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Open Roads Round Table 2018



A Discussion of The Kremlin Ball by Curzio Malaparte (translated by me) with Franco Baldasso, Director of Bard’s Italian Studies Program

6:30 pm on October 3rd at NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò

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Perhaps only the impeccably perverse imagination of Curzio Malaparte could have conceived of The Kremlin Ball, which might be described as Proust in the corridors of Soviet power. The book is set at the end of the 1920s, when the Great Terror may have been nothing more than a twinkle in Stalin’s eye, but when the revolution was accompanied by a growing sense of doom.

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