Rachel Kushner was an editor at Grand Street and BOMB for many years and is now an editor at Soft Targets, a Brooklyn-based journal of art, poetry and fiction. Her first book, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, Artforum, Bookforum, Fence, BOMB, Cabinet, and Grand Street. Her next novel, The Flamethrowers, will be published by Scribner in April, 2013. She lives in Los Angeles.
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 Malapate shows, liberation brings with it its own set of horrors. “A skilled guide to the lowest depths of Europe’s inferno.”—TLS