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THOSE CURSED TUSCANS by Curzio Malaparte. 236 pages. Ohio University. $4.95.

Novelist-Journalist Curzio Malaparte made it his life's ambition to be hated by his readers. He succeeded admirably. By the time of his death in 1957, he was anathema to the right and left and almost everybody in between.

His contempt for most of humanity was complete. He regarded hatred as the one majestic emotion of this miserable species, for he who hates is at least passionately concerned, not docilely conformist. He poured all his venom into a novel, Kaputt, an account of Nazi...

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