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Il Gattopardo (Universale economica) (Italian Edition)

Il Gattopardo (Universale economica) (Italian Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
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Giuseppe Tomasi, duca di Palma e principe di Lampedusa, nacque a Palermo nel dicembre del 1896 e morì a Roma nel Luglio del 1957. Il suo capolavoro, Il Gattopardo, pubblicato un anno e mezzo dopo la sua morte, rimase a lungo inedito, rifiutato da molti ediori, ma al suo apparire fu subito riconosciuto come una delle massime opere letterarie del nostro secolo. Tradotto in tutto il mondo, letto da milioni di lettori, portato sullo schermo, Il Gattopardo è ormai un classico. Siamo in Sicilia, all'epoca del tramonto borbonico: è di scena una famiglia della più alta aristocrazia isolana, colta nel momento rivelatore del trapasso di regime, mentre già incalzavano i tempi nuovi (dall'anno dell'impresa dei Mille di Garibaldi la storia si prolunga fino ai primordi del Novecento). Accentrato quasi interamente intorno a un solo personaggio, il principe Fabrizio Salina, il romanzo, lirico e critico insieme, ben poco concede all'intreccio e al romanzesco tanto cari alla narrativa dell'Ottocento. L'immagine della Sicilia che invece ci offre è un'immagine viva, animata da uno spirito alacre e modernissimo, ampiamente consapevole della problematica storica, politica contemporanea.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 710 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Feltrinelli Editore (10 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: Italian
  • ASIN: B00AM254JS
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Poor old Prince Fabrizio; as if its not bad enough that the aristocratic order is threatened by the unification of Italy, that his Sicilian estates are in hock or in the hands of an unscrupulous, low-class hard case, it turns out his beloved nephew wants to marry this scumbag's daughter - and does. All the while the Prince struggles with the onset of old age and the erosion of his physical and aristocratic powers.
This wonderful book, and Visconti's film, which more or less faithfully depicts it, makes Sicily the harsh, sun-scorched setting. If you have never been there you will want to; and when you do you will be delighted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unknown Sicily 8 Feb 2013
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This great novel set in 1860 shows the great flaws of pre-unification Italy seen from the point of view of a Sicilian prince and landowner. It depicts the reason's for Sicily's and- by extension- the rest of Southern Italy great historical problems and challenges.
The style is irreverent, ironic, humorous and sarcastic. The main characters, Prince Fabrizio, and his nephew Tancredi epitomize Sicilian society and a decadent landed gentry that desperately cling on the power they have exercised for centuries on the peasantry. The arrival of Garibaldi and the Piedmontese from Northern Italy to liberate Sicily from the tyranny of the king of Naples achieve little or nothing to change the state of affairs. As Tancredi himself says: 'Uncle Fabrizio, for things to change we need that all remain the same.[ my translation from Italian].
Incredible metaphors, far-fetched and yet very focused analogies- everything in Tommasi di Lampedusa is a fantastic oxymoron- and a pungent and tongue-in-cheek humour come together to give us the pleasure of an extremely enjoyable reading.
I can find little flaws or dislikes in this novel apart from a lack of point of views from the peasantry but, after all, Jane Austin herself wrote little or nothing from the perspective of the lower strata of society and yet managed to subtly say so much about 18-19th Centuries England society in general.
I do not know how good can be the English translation as I have read this book in Italian. I sincerely hope it can retain as much richness of language as its Italian original version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy customer here 20 Oct 2014
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Very happy customer here. Item arrived quick and in excellent condition. I would be again and recommend to any of my friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Il Gattopardo 15 Jan 2011
I cant really review this because I don't read Italian. It was bought as a Christmas present and the person I bought it for, who does read Italian, was delighted by it.The book arrived promptly, was well wrapped and looked very nice; it may be my fault but I thought it was hardback and it wasn't which was a shame but I don't think I can blame Amazon for that. What was amazing was a TV programme where Antonio Carluccio, the Italian cook, spent time in the area the author came from, gave a background to the novel and cooked all the food listed in the book - it was apparently all that was needed to get started on the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Leopard" is a 20th C Book! 24 Nov 2011
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Published first in 1957, the year of Giuseppe di Lampedusa's death! That was only six years before the acclaimed film by Luchino Visconti was released. But Il Gattopardo is ineluctably a 20th C novel masquerading as a 19th C Romance, in style as much as in setting. I insist on telling you this because, if you didn't read the preface or look at the back of the title page, you might well be dangerously startled when Lampedusa first breaks the frame and refers to events of his own lifetime. That doesn't happen until a third of the book is finished; until then there is no 'narrator' in sight. Thereafter, however, Lampedusa inserts his "I" at judicious intervals, calling the reader away from the Sicily of the 1860s with metaphors of modernity. Eventually he even mentions the atomic bomb.

Possibly some readers will be annoyed by Lampedusa's occasional first-person anachronism, but I don't think they were an accident or an error of style. They're a significant clue as to the intention of the novel, which isn't simple nostalgia. Lampedusa doesn't whitewash his setting or his characters; Sicily in the 1860s was a land of grievous poverty and economic stagnation, a society still bogged in feudalism, and the aristocratic families that supply nearly all the characters in Il Gattopardo were decadent, besotted with themselves and their possessions, reactionary, indifferent to the misery of their society. Their highest aspiration was to hang on to their luxury and privilege as long as they could, at least their own lifetimes, and let the next generation fend for itself. Only the central figure, Prince Fabrizio Salina, gets much respect from his 'creator' Lampedusa. His flaws and follies are the same as any other of his class, but his vitality and his inward perceptions of his milieu exalt him above the stagnant morass of his insular society. It's not mere words, on Lampedusa's part, to depict the Prince's fascination with astronomy. Salina is, for this author who might be his great-grandson, as genuine a hero as historical reality allows.

The plot of Il Gattopardo is rather loose. It's the era of the Risorgimento, the unification of Italy with Garibaldi as the charismatic revolutionary. Prince Salina imagines himself, correctly as it turns out, as "above the fray". His preeminence will remain untouchable and his Sicily, with all its failures and inequities, will remain eternally the same. His wealth is being eroded by energetic and unscrupulous lower-class parvenus, but he disdains to resist them; such has always been the case, a process of revitalization. The Prince's nephew, a charming and talented fellow whom we see only as the Prince sees him, is an enthusiastic Garibaldino and an avatar of the Sicily-to-be, but his uncle's affection for him is stronger than any political discord. Eventually a love story unfolds, between the nephew and the beautiful daughter of the Prince's polar opposite, the up-and-coming parvenu "Don" Calogero. That romance is in effect the structure of the novel, but the heart and soul of Lampedusa's tale is the complex depiction of the personhood of Fabrizio Salina.

If it's not nostalgia, then what is it? I think it's a celebration of "tempo perso" -- temps perdus/lost times -- a monument of their beauty as well as their infamy, intended to rescue them from oblivion. In that mode, it reminds me of the extraordinary Squarcialupi Codex of 15th Century Florence, an opulent illuminated volume containing the best music of Tuscany's distinctive indigenous composers, whose style was already utterly out of fashion, displaced by the arrival of the Franco-Flemish polyphonists in Italy. The redactors of the Squarcialupi Codex had no expectation of reviving the music of their greatest native composers like Francesco Landini, nor even to encourage performance of it. They meant forthrightly to immortalize the accomplishment by wrapping it sumptuously in museum shrouds. Il Gattopardo strikes me as having the same intention, not to replay the 'music' of pre-modern Sicily but actually to inscribe it in the museum of literature before its image faded from human memory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth learning Italian to read 16 Oct 2011
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...and it won't be easy. But this is magnificent prose and a lapidary account of the end of the ancien regime in Italy. Better to read Lampedusa than a boatload of so-called professional historians who write for each other with all the style of processed cheese. I keep coming back to Lampedusa to understand the nineteenth century--one of the best in ANY language.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 15 Oct 2013
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The availability of this important piece of Italian literature in its native language is a significant event, bringing this classic to readers outside of Italy for their enjoyment and appreciation without the intermediary translation. Adding to the excitement of having this novel in electronic format is the informative and insightful preface written by his nephew and adopted son which details the history of the writing and publication of this classic, including editing of the first editions. This version presented in e-format is a welcome addition to the library of literature available to readers who wish to experience it in this format and a superb classic for readers of the Italian language everywhere
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5.0 out of 5 stars Il Gattopardo 13 Mar 2012
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This is an excellent book for anyone interested in Sicily and can read Italian.This book is considered to be a classic on the social and political changes that took place there in the 18th century.
5.0 out of 5 stars a famous book written by an almost unknown author 5 Sep 2013
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a fascinating view of social change in a difficult period of European history I wanted to read in its original language
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