Kaputt, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Second World War fiction
  • ISBN: 9781590171479



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Fabulous tales from the dark side of human nature... and in the same kind of overblown prose as that description, for the most part. The first chapter's hard to get through if you're not into adjectives, which I'm not. But after that the set pieces start to cohere pretty well, and the author's evident self-loathing becomes more and more justifiable. Not sure I'll ever forget the frozen horses, the King of Poland, or the young prostitutes.

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Reads like a journalistic Gravity's Rainbow. Dark and mad Italian war correspondence, compelling at times because (not despite) the moral repugnance of its author. Although the opening chapter 'De cote de guarmantes' has too adjectives, and the penultimate 'Golf Handicaps' too much name-dropping, each chapter in between is full of images harrowing and beautiful enough to stick in the mind forever.

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