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If you want everything to stay the same, things will have to change - THE LEOPARD

Lampedusa's masterpiece, one of the finest works of twentieth century fiction, is set amongst an aristocratic family facing social and political changes in the wake of Garibaldi's invasion of Sicily in 1860. At the head of the family is the prince, Don Fabrizio. Proud and stubborn, he is accustomed to knowing his own place in the world and expects his household to run accordingly. He is aware of the changes which are rapidly making men historically obsolete but he remains attached to the old ways. His favourite nephew, Tancredi, may be an ardent supporter of Garibaldi and may later marry outside his class but Don Fabrizio will make few accommodations for the modern world.Containing, for the first time in any language, the full original text, Tomasi di Lampedusa's classic tale lovingly memorialises the details of a vanishing world while retaining its melancholic and ironic sense of time passing and the frailty of human emotions.

Reviews

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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  • Paperback

    9780099512158

    January 1, 2008

    Vintage Classics

    272 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • Hardback

    9781857150230

    November 29, 1991

    Everyman

    304 pages

    RRP $27.99

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  • EBook

    9781407091006

    February 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    272 pages

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