The Leopard (Paperback)
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.
(Translated from the Italian by Archibald Colquhoun.)
About the Author
Jean de la Fontaine continues to be one of the most cherished authors in the French pantheon of literature. His "Fables," verse reworkings of classical tales from sources such as Aesop and Horace, is recognized as a milestone of French literature and culture. Guido Waldman, is a translator and editor, and is currently editorial director of the Harvill Press.
"The genius of its author and the thrill it gives the reader are probably for all time."
—The New York Times Book Review
"A masterwork . . . A superb novel in the great tradition and the grand manner."
"A majestic, melancholy, and beautiful novel."
—The New Yorker