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Lampedusa In sun drenched Sicily, among the decadent Italian aristocracy of the late s, Giuseppe Tomasi, the last prince of Lampedusa, struggles to complete the novel that will be his lasting legacy, The Leopard With a firm devotion to the historical record, Lampedusa leaps effortlessly into the mind of the writer and inhabits the complicated heart of a man facing down the end of his life, struggling to make something of lasting worth, while there is still timeAchingly beautiful and elegantly conceived, Lampedusa is an intensely moving story of one man s awakening to the possibilities of life, intimately woven against the transformative power of a great work of art


About the Author: Steven Price

Steven Price is a Canadian poet and novelist.He graduated from the University of Victoria with a BFA in 2000, and from the University of Virginia with an MFA, in poetry.Price s first collection of poems, Anatomy of Keys 2006 , won Canada s 2007 Gerald Lampert Award for Best First Collection, was short listed for the BC Poetry Prize, and was named a Globe and Mail Book of the Year His first novel, Into That Darkness 2011 , was short listed for the 2012 BC Fiction Prize His second collection of poems, Omens in the Year of the Ox 2012 , won the 2013 ReLit Award Price teaches poetry and fiction at the University of Victoria, where he lives with his partner, novelist Esi Edugyan.



10 thoughts on “Lampedusa

  1. Jaidee Jaidee says:

    5 languid, dignified, melancholy stars Giuseppe Tomassi di Lampedusa was the last of his royal line The prince of Lampedusa and the author of the Leopard the top selling novel in Italian history that was published posthumously and won the 1959 Strega Prize Canadian author Steven Price has written a fictionalized biography of this enigmatic, complex and self doubting man of erudition, intelligence and deep emotion This is am


  2. TBV TBV says:

    He had lived sixty years on this earth and his memories had grown up around him like a garden, so that he now could walk among them and reach out a hand and crush their leaves in his fingers for the scent Historical Background view spoiler Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa 1896 1957 was born in Palermo, Sicily, to Beatrice and Giulio Maria Tomasi, whose titles, amongst others, were Prince of Lampedusa and Duke of Palma di Montechi


  3. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    The descriptions of Sicily in here are genuinely transporting, and this is one of those rare books that earns its sentimentality Elegant and precise and very, very sad.


  4. Krista Krista says:

    The past seemed a great flowing passage through which his bloodline passed, back through the wastrel grandfathers and great grandfathers, to the saints and holy men of the eighteenth century, to the legendary civic figures of the seventeenth and the royal granting of Lampedusa in 1667 and the first Tomasi s wedding to the heiress of Palma, and deeper, back up the coast to Naples, to Capua, and further back to Siena, and then into


  5. Penny (Literary Hoarders) Penny (Literary Hoarders) says:

    A very literary story as in both it s a story about Giuseppe Tomasi and his writing of The Leopard and written in a literary style This wasn t a book to race through, the story and style of writing is excellent, but it is definitely one where slow reading must happen Lampedusa is longlisted for the 2019 Giller Prize and while it s extremely literary, it sits outside of the others on the list perhaps It just has a very different sen


  6. Susan Susan says:

    This is a fictionalized tale about a real historical figure, the writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa He only wrote one novel, The Leopard, which wasn t published until after his death but was celebrated as one of the greatest Italian works of literature Giuseppe was also the last Prince of the island of Lampedusa, situated south of Sicily I have to admit that going into this book I knew nothing about Lampedusa, the writer or the plac


  7. Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book Price s fictionalized account of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa s final months is a pleasure to read So many aspects of this book are notable the style of writing, the characters, the setting I am now officially inspired to read The Leopard I thoroughly enjoyed this book Price s fictionalized account of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa s final months is a pleasure to read So many aspects of this book are notabl


  8. Kathy Kathy says:

    I may not have been a good candidate to read this book as I have not read The Leopard nor have I seen the movie But I liked the description of the book and it is a handsome book from Farrar, Straus and Giroux at 328 pp.It intrigued me to read the story of the old man, Giuseppe Tomasi, suffering from lung complaint, yet determined to write the story of his great grandfather and that is what is documented here He did not live to see the bo


  9. Peter Peter says:

    This novel by Steven Price is stunning it is not a novel to be read quickly, nor should it be Price s prose is lush, poetic and thought provoking His imagery and creative flair illuminate every page.Price s novel is about a man writing a novel The protagonist of Price s novel is Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, a real person who did write one novel It was a novel that Tomasi never saw published When it was published it arguably became the gre


  10. Anna Anna says:

    4.5 Steven Price is becoming one of my favourite authors I love his writing which I find so elegant, and he is a master at creating setting and atmosphere He has the ability to transport me right into the book and he did that many times over the course of this novel Lampedusa is one of the reading hi lights of my year.


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