Rachel Kushner is the author of the novels The Flamethrowers (2013) and Telex from Cuba (2008), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times Notable Book. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Believer, Artforum, and Bookforum. She is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow.
This sequel of sorts to Malaparte’s disconcerting and beguiling Kaputt shares its predecessor’s uncanny vision of a world at war. Here Malaparte accompanies the American forces as they liberate Naples, Rome, Florence, and Milan. But as Malaparte shows, liberation brings with it its own set of horrors. “A skilled guide to the lowest depths of Europe’s inferno.”—TLS