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The Leopard

Introduction by David Gilmour

Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa
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"A majestic, melancholy, and beautiful novel" (The New Yorker), THE LEOPARD is one of the best-selling Italian novels of the twentieth century and an acclaimed masterpiece of world literature. This beautiful hardcover edition, translated by Archibald Colquhoun, also includes two short stories and a brief memoir of the author's childhood.

Set in Sicily in the 1860s, during the tumult of Italian unification, THE LEOPARD tells the spellbinding story of a decadent, fading aristocracy threatened by the approaching forces of revolution and democracy. Its author, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, who was the last in a line of Sicilian princes, wrote the novel in the 1950s, inspired by the decline of his own family.

Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina, remains skeptical and stoic as he finds himself beset by civil war, social change, and his family's loss of wealth and status. While his beloved nephew, Tancredi, more practical and flexible than he, joins the nationalist rebels and marries the ambitious daughter of a newly rich upstart, Don Fabrizio takes refuge in his love of astronomy, gazing at the unchanging stars while the world as he has known it crumbles around him. The dramatic sweep and richness of Lampedusa's observation, his seamless intertwining of public and private worlds, and his sure grasp of human frailty imbue THE LEOPARD with its melancholy beauty and power.

"No novel in Italian literature has aroused so much passion or caused so much argument... The book is more than the memorable invocation of a certain place in a certain epoch. It is a work of art that will survive, long after the last sad palaces of Palermo have gone, because it deals with the central problems of the human experience." --from the Introduction by David Gilmour

"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."--Newsweek

Everyman's Library pursues the highest production standards, printing on acid-free cream-colored paper, with full-cloth cases with two-color foil stamping, decorative endpapers, silk ribbon markers, European-style half-round spines, and a full-color illustrated jacket. Contemporary Classics include an introduction, a select bibliography, and a chronology of the author's life and times.

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Aantal bladzijden:
248
Taal:
Engels
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Productcode (EAN):
9780679407577
Verschijningsdatum:
15/10/1991
Uitvoering:
Hardcover
Bestandsformaat:
Genaaid
Afmetingen:
134 mm x 212 mm
Gewicht:
430 g
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