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  • Published: 1 January 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099512158
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $14.99

The Leopard

Revised and with new material




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This is the new, revised edition which includes recently discovered new material including letters and diary entries by the author and two additional sections of the novel.


The Leopard is a modern classic which tells the spellbinding story of a decadent, dying Sicilian aristocracy threatened by the approaching forces of democracy and revolution.

In the spring of 1860, Fabrizio, the charismatic Prince of Salina, still rules over thousands of acres and hundreds of people, including his own numerous family, in mingled splendour and squalor. Then comes Garibaldi's landing in Sicily and the Prince must decide whether to resist the forces of change or come to terms with them.

'Every once in a while, like certain golden moments of happiness, infinitely memorable, one stumbles on a book or a writer, and the impact is like an indelible mark. Lampedusa's The Leopard, his only novel, and a masterpiece, is such a work' Independent

INCLUDES RECENTLY DISCOVERED NEW MATERIAL

  • Pub date: 1 January 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099512158
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa was a Sicilian nobleman, Duke of Parma and Prince of Lampedusa. He was born in Palermo in 1896 and died in Rome in 1957. He lived the life of a literary dilettante, was familiar with the great literatures of the world, and was widely travelled. Much of Lampedusa's other work is collected in The Siren and Other Writings.

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Praise for The Leopard

“Perhaps the greatest novel of the century”

L.P. Hartley

“One of the great lonely books...not a historical novel, but a novel which happens to take place in history”

E.M. Forster

“The poetry of Lampedusa's novel flows into the Sicilian countryside...a work of great artistry”

Peter Ackroyd

“I was astounded by the power of the writing”

Corin Redgrave

“A great book”

Observer

“Few novels in the last ten years have given me so much enjoyment”

Sunday Times

“A novel of exceptional stature. One may claim for it classic status”

Frank Kermode

“Every once in a while, like certain golden moments of happiness, infinitely memorable, one stumbles on a book or a writer, and the impact is like an indelible mark. Lampedusa's The Leopard, his only novel, and a masterpiece, is such a work”

Independent


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