Casa Malaparte conceived in 1937, completed around 1942. The finished work is credited to the home’s owner and dreamer, Curzio Malaparte and a local stonemason, Adolfo Amitrano after initial work by noted Italian architect Adalberto Libera.
Malaparte clearly had a sense of proportion and drama - even his gravesite appears spectacular in form and setting.
His home and his mausoleum seem oddly isolated and individualistic works for a communist who left the house to the People’s Republic of China upon his death 1957.
In 1963 the house was featured in Jean Luc Godard’s Contempt.
"Today I live on an island, in a harsh, melacholy, and severe house which I have built alone, lonesome on a cliff hanging over the sea: a house which is the ghost, the secret image of the jail. The image of my nostalgia." -Curzio Malaparte, 1943
(photo by KIT50)