An elegant new edition of the modern fiction classic—to be published on the 50th anniversary of di Lampedusas death—that includes previously unpublished material by the author and an Introduction by his nephew.
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.
GIUSEPPE DI LAMPEDUSA was born in Sicily in 1896 and died in 1957. “The Leopard” was his only novel.