The Leopard
The Leopard
A Novel
Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Translated by Archibald Colquhoun
Foreword by Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi


Starts off like a pleasurable, tipsy picnic in the hot sun; like so many picnics, the mood sours into gorgeous despair. A novel to savor with wine in hand. —Recommended by Vanessa, City Lights Books

Set in the 1860s, The Leopard tells the spellbinding story of a decadent, dying Sicilian aristocracy threatened by the approaching forces of democracy and revolution. The dramatic sweep and richness of observation, the seamless intertwining of public and private worlds, and the grasp of human frailty imbue The Leopard with its particular melancholy beauty and power, and place it among the greatest historical novels of our time.

Although Giuseppe di Lampedusa had long had the book in mind, he began writing it only in his late fifties; he died at age sixty, soon after the manuscript was rejected as unpublishable. In his introduction, Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi, Lampedusa's nephew, gives us a detailed history of the initial publication and the various editions that followed. And he includes passages Lampedusa wrote for the book that were omitted by the original Italian editors.

Here, finally, is the definitive edition of this brilliant and timeless novel.

Title The Leopard
Subtitle A Novel
Author Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
Translated by Archibald Colquhoun
Foreword by Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi
Publisher Pantheon
Title First Published 06 November 2007
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 336 p.
ISBN-10 0375714790
ISBN-13 9780375714795
Publication Date 06 November 2007
Main content page count 336
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $16.00
 


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