Curzio Malaparte was an Italian journalist, short-story writer, novelist, dramatist and diplomat. His 1931 book, The Technique of the Coup d’Etat, critical of both Mussolini and Hitler, led to his expulsion from Italy’s National Fascist Party. During World War II, Malaparte worked as a war correspondent for the Milan paper Corriere della Sera, which provided the material for his two most famous books, Kaputt (1944) and The Skin (1949).
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