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The Last Leopard: A life of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa by [Gilmour, David]

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At age 47 Giuseppe Tomasi, prince of Lampedusa (1896-1957), still slept in the bedrom where he had been born. The abnormally taciturn recluse, who mined the history of his Sicilian aristocratic family in its ruinous decline for his classic novel The Leopard , had a "vexatious, disappointing and often pathetic life." His arrogant, sharp-tongued father, fueled by a ridiculous sense of pride, spent much of his life quarreling with relatives over money. Lampedusa's domineering mother nearly wrecked her son's marriage to psychoanalyst Beatrice Mastrogiovanni, a largely epistolary relationship for years at a stretch. In this elegant, sprightly biography, Gilmour ( Lebanon: The Fractured Country ) draws an incisive portrait of a curious modernist outsider deeply skeptical of all human motives. Lampedusa's fictional counterpart, Don Fabrizio, The Leopard 's protagonist, likewise seems a contemporary figure swinging from hedonistic pursuits to the contemplation of eternity without a personal God. Photos.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Lampedusa's great novel The Leopard ( LJ 6/1/60) was accepted and published to international acclaim only after its author's death. Lampedusa had led a largely uneventful existence as a minor member of the Italian aristocracy, and his life reads at times like one long preparation for his novel, which in many senses it was. Besides establishing the sometimes meager biographical record, Gilmour analyzes The Leopard in historical and aesthetic context and examines the surprising controversy its publication generated in Italian literary circles. This book, the only one in English on Lampedusa, is recommended for collections of modern continental literature.
-Grove Koger, Boise P.L., Id.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 24591 KB
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  • Publisher: Eland Publishing (December 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2012
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