Letters from London and Europe by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

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"The Leopard", published posthumously in 1958, was one of the most important works of fiction to appear in the Italian language in the twentieth century. Between 1925 and 1930, its author, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, wrote a number of letters to his cousins Casimiro and Lucio Piccolo in which he describes his travels around Europe (London, Paris, Zurich, Berlin). The letters, here published for the first time, display much of Lampedusa's distinctive style present in his later work; not only the razor sharp introspection, but also a wicked sense of humor, playful in its description of the comedie humaine. United and underpinned by the genre of the novel, Lampedusa's lifetime obsession, some letters also read like excerpts from a Stendhalian travel journal, whilst others are pickwickian adventures populated with comic, exaggerated personalities.
 

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Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, (1896-1957) is famous for his only novel, The Leopard, published posthumously, which earned him the prestigious Strega Prize and became the basis of a now-classic film. J.G. Nichols has translated many of the greatest classics of Italian literature, including Dante's Inferno, Boccaccio's Decameron and Leopardi's Canti, and has been awarded the Florio Prize and the Monselice Prize for translation.
 
Published May 1, 2011 by Alma Publishing Company. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In his late 50s he gave private lessons in English literature to a small group of students: his notes were posthumously turned into a 1,000-page book, English Literature, published – perhaps with a touch of retrospective shame – by Mondadori in 1990-91.

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Corresponding primarily with his cousins, di Lampedusa adopts a third-person voice and moniker (“The Monster”), wittily embellishing the sobriquet at the end of each letter with a variety of adjectives (“The super-fed Monster,” “The Alpine Monster”).

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The Telegraph

Thomas Jones savours the letters of Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, which showcase a love of the physical, and a keen wit and intelligence in the author of The Leopard.

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Scotsman.com

In Edinburgh he finds the confectioners "particularly notable" and delights in the "Waverley Tart – composed of a light pte brise, dry cream, almond paste, slices of candied apricot and raisins – worthy of the utmost esteem".

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