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    DescriptionWalter Murch first came across Curzio Malaparte's writings in a chance encounter in a French book about cosmology, where one of Malaparte's stories was retold to illustrate a point about conditions shortly after the creation of the universe. Murch was so taken by the strange, utterly captivating imagery he went to find the book from which the story was taken. The book was Kaputt, Malaparte's autobiographical novel about the frontlines of World War II. Curzio Malaparte, an Italian born with a German heritage, was a journalist, dramatic, novelist and diplomat. When he wrote a book attacking totalitarianism and Hitler's reign, Mussolini, in no position to support such a body of work, stripped him of his National Fascist Party membership and sent him to internal exile on the island of Lipari. In 1941, he was sent to cover the Eastern Front as a correspondent for Corriere della Sera, the Milano daily newspaper. His dispatches from the next three years would be largely suppressed by the Italian government, but reverberated among readers as painfully real depictions of a landscape at war. The film editor, fluent in translating the written word over to the languages of sight and sound, began slowly translating Malaparte's writings from World War II. The density and intricacy of his stories compelled Murch to adapt many of them into prose or blank verse poems. The result is a book of surprising insight and strange beauty.


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    Title
    The Bird That Swallowed Its Cage
    Subtitle
    Selected Works of Curzio Malaparte
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Curzio Malaparte, Translated by Walter Murch
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 159
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 221 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781619022812
    ISBN 10: 1619022818
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25710
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ADT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: DSB
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC classification: PN
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY, CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Libri: I-PO
    BIC subject category V2: BGL
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
    Abridged Dewey: 809
    BISAC V2.8: POE000000, LIT004200
    DC22: 858.91209
    DC21: 858.91209
    Illustrations note
    black & white halftones, frontispiece
    Publisher
    COUNTERPOINT
    Imprint name
    COUNTERPOINT
    Publication date
    03 April 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Berkeley
    Author Information
    Walter Murch is an Academy Award winning film editor and sound designer. His body of work includes The Rain People, American Graffiti, The Godfather Parts I-III, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, Return to Oz, The English Patient, and Cold Mountain. He has been nominated for nine Academy Awards, and has won three Oscars for his work on Apocalypse Now and The English Patient. He is also the author of a book on film editing, In the Blink of an Eye, and is the subject of Michael Ondaatje's The Conversations. Lawrence Weschler is most recently the author of "Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative" (Counterpoint, 2011).
    Review quote
    Praise for "The Bird That Swallowed Its Cage""Unusual, engaging literary synthesis from a renowned film artisan and his private obsession, an Italian writer and political radical largely unknown in America...sparkling prose drives a fascinating snapshot of a literary life buffeted by the great conflicts of his time."--"Kirkus ""Curzio Malaparte is one of the most startling and unexpected chroniclers of the violence of the twentieth century, and Walter Murch's translations are tone-perfect." --Robert Hass