“In his youth, Malaparte was a fascist. Then he fell out with Mussolini and was sent into internal exile. After the intercession of Mussolini’s son-in-law, Galeazzo Ciano, he was freed in 1938 – but was repeatedly rearrested. As a war correspondent for the Corriere della Sera, he covered the axis powers on the eastern front, and then the liberation of Italy. After the war he moved to Paris, where his politics became communist. Before he died in 1957, he was rather tempted by Maoism.
Usually people think that, to be original, you have to be a revolutionary. You have to think in a way that people don’t normally think. But Malaparte offers a wilder example. First, you don’t think like other people. Then you have to not think like yourself. You have to become a counter-revolutionary. This is what the life of Malaparte represents: an antimodern modern; a reactionary liberal”
From the 2009 Guardian article by Adam Thirlwell, – read the complete article, linked here.