El Volga Nace en Europa
Mexico City: Ediciones Arcos, n.d. (circa 1955).
First printing thus. 292 pp., 6 x 7.75 inches. Sewn signatures glued into printed card covers. Translated from the Italian by Manuel Alonso Muñoz. Paper evenly browned, small hole in first blank endsheet, and small loss at the top of the spine, but still a sound survival of a cheaply made and fragile production. Item #4082
Malaparte, born Curt Erich Suckert, is perhaps best known in the English-speaking world for his novel Kaputt and his famed house Casa Malaparte (featured in Godard’s Contempt). The Volga Rises in Europe (as it is titled in the English version), first published in 1943, collects his reports on the Russo-German war for Corriere della Sera. No information is readily available about the artist who painted the terrific, uncredited cover illustration for this Mexican edition.