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There is a great feeling of opulence, decay, love and death about it Every once in a while, like certain golden moments of happiness, infinitely memorable, one stumbles on a book or a writer, and the impact is like an indelible mark. Lampedusa's The Leopard, his only novel, and a masterpiece, is such a work * Independent * Perhaps the greatest novel of the century One of the great lonely books...not a historical novel, but a novel which happens to take place in history The poetry of Lampedusa's novel flows into the Sicilian countryside...a work of great artistry
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa was a Sicilian nobleman, Duke of Parma and Prince of Lampedusa. He was born in Palermo in 1896 and died in Rome in 1957. He lived the life of a literary dilettante, was familiar with the great literatures of the world, and was widely travelled. Much of Lampedusa's other work is collected in The Siren and Other Writings (Harvill).