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The Leopard

The Leopard

Author(s): Giuseppe di Lampedusa

Location(s): Sicily

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1860



In Sicily in 1860, as Italian unification grows inevitable, the smallest of gestures seems dense with meaning and melancholy, sensual agitation and disquiet: “Some huge irrational disaster is in the making.” All around him, the prince, Don Fabrizio, witnesses the ruin of the class and inheritance that already disgust him. His favorite nephew, Tancredi, proffers the paradox, “If we want things to stay as they are, they will have to change,” but Don Fabrizio would rather take refuge in skepticism or astronomy, “the sublime routine of the skies.”

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A wonderful exploration of manners and mores and life in the 1860s, the time of the Risorgimento – Edie King –

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Sicily – “There’s Italy’s Lucky Star, they say. But you know better than me, Prince, that even fixed stars are only so in appearance.” A handsome, humorous novel that beautifully captures Sicily’s fading glory...

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