Photos: Thomas Lannes, Courtesy Gagosian

Curzio Malaparte was one of the most remarkable writers of the 20th century. His life, in a coalescence of his striking novels and ever-changing socio-political views, was a paradox. Owing to this labyrinthine life, which saw him imprisoned for finding fault with Mussolini’s regime, a man whom he once admired; he created beauty in the rough. He built the house like a prison to celebrate his freedom in operatic fashion. A prison, that  he believed, could unchain the mind and allow imagination to circulate perpetually. The house, just like the man, is beautifully contradictory. Its modernist simplicity is sewn with classical cloth in a rather flawless blend. The furniture don that same fabric.

CURZIO MALAPARTE

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