Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa was an Italian writer and the last Prince of Lampedusa. He is most famous for his posthumously published novel 'The Leopard' ('Il Gattopardo'), which is considered one of the most important Italian literary works of the 20th century. The novel chronicles the changes in Sicilian life and society during the Risorgimento. Lampedusa's only novel, it was published after his death and won the prestigious Strega Prize in 1959.


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  1. 1. The Leopard

    "The Leopard" is a historical novel set in 19th-century Sicily, during the time of the Italian unification or Risorgimento. It centers on an aging, aristocratic protagonist who is coming to terms with the decline of his class and the rise of a new social order. The narrative weaves together personal drama with the larger political and social upheaval of the time, providing a rich, nuanced portrait of a society in transition. Despite his resistance to change, the protagonist ultimately recognizes its inevitability and the futility of his efforts to preserve the old ways.