Kaputt - Curzio Malaparte 1946 - E. P. Dutton & Co., New York - First Edition in English, Second Printing (one month after the first). A fine copy in bright dust jacket, scarce as such.

Curzio Malaparte was a disaffected supporter of Mussolini with a taste for danger and high living. Sent by an Italian paper during World War II to cover the fighting on the Eastern Front, Malaparte secretly wrote this terrifying report from the abyss, which became an international best-seller when it was published after the war. Telling of the siege of Leningrad, of glittering dinner parties with Nazi leaders, and of trains disgorging bodies in war-devastated Romania, Malaparte paints a picture of humanity at its most depraved. Kaputt is an insider's dispatch from the world of the enemy that is as hypnotically fascinating as it is disturbing.’ (description from the
New York Review Books Classics)
  ‘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.

pp. [2] 407 [7]. Publisher’s black cloth boards lettered in red to spine and front panel. Second issue dust jacket priced $3.75 to front flap, rear panel with publisher’s name address in logo in black (first issue were printed in red), without ‘Dutton’ to tail of spine (first issue with ‘Dutton’).
  Condition: Fine in very good jacket with hint of wear to top edge, small chip to head of spine and top corner of front panel.   Ref: 108181   Price: HK$ 1,000