Capri Casa Malaparte

Casa Malaparte was envisioned and built in 1942 on the Isle of Capri by Italian journalist and writer Curzio Malaparte. He was one of the most powerful, independent and influential Italian writers of the mid-20th century. An impetuous man of letters, he fell afoul of Mussolini in 1933 and was exiled to a speck of land in the Mediterranean. Banishment had a paradoxical effect on him. Upon his release, Malaparte longed for more remoteness and seclusion. After buying a site on Capri’s eastern coastline, he had the noted architect Adalberto Libera draw up plans for a home, but later threw them out in favor of his own vision—a stolid, prominent form, with a poetic wind break, on top a tapering exterior staircase. Today the dwelling is owned by the writer’s heirs and most easily seen by boat or by revisiting Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film Contempt, in which the roof provides a sunbathing venue for Brigitte Bardot. 

Casa Malaparte is a testament to masculine determination. A man who lives with passion and steps up to claim his destiny, acting out a compelling chapter of his own autobiography. The minimalist plinth of a timeless house in Capri, sited on a promontory, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and designed by the author himself, has been called the most beautiful house in the world.

“ I dream of a new age of curiosity. We have the technical means for it; the desire is there; the things to be known are infinite; the people who can employ themselves at this task exist. Why do we suffer? From too little: from channels that are too narrow, skimpy, quasi-monopolistic, insufficient. There is no point in adopting a quasi- protectionist attitude, to prevent 'bad' information from invading and suffocating the 'good'. Rather, we must simply multiply the paths and the possibilities of comings and goings."

Philosopher Michel Foucault