“Lampedusa has made me realize how many ways there are of being alive.... ‘The Professor and the Siren’ is an exquisite fantasy and a sustained one.”—E. M. Forster
“‘The Professor and the Siren’ seems to me a masterpiece.” —Edmund Wilson
“A work of outstanding laconic eccentricity....Lampedusa wrote two masterpieces and this is the other one.” —Nicholas Blincoe, The Telegraph
“[Lampedusa] comes so marvellously close to the people and scenes he describes because he conveys, in the manner of classical artists, the hard gleam of inaccessibility that makes human beings and nature itself seem final and alone.” —V. S. Pritchett
“After a long and thoughtful accumulation of time and passions, skirting the straits of history and politics, [Lampedusa] recreated an entire epoch, filling his pages with tapestries of crystalline and lasting beauty.” —Edna O’Brien, Financial Times
About the Author
Stephen Twilley is the managing editor of Public Culture and Public Books. His translations from the Italian include Francesco Pacifico’s The Story of My Purity and Marina Mander’s The First True Lie.
Marina Warner’s studies of religion, mythology, and fairy tales include Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary, From the Beast to the Blonde, and No Go the Bogeyman. In 2013 she co-edited Scheherazade’s Children: Global Encounters with the Arabian Nights. A Fellow of the British Academy, she is also a professor in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex.