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The author of the book: Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
ISBN: 0140023925
ISBN 13: 9780140023923
Language: English
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Edition: Penguin Books Ltd
Date of issue: January 1st 1966

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Given this collection's line-up, it should be the definitive collection of Giuseppe di Lampedusa minor works. This collection contains:

•The Professor and the Siren
•Blind Kittens (i.e. the two stories)
•Places of My Infancy (i.e. the memory)

Unfortunately, time has made these translations somewhat stale. The stories are good in spite of the translation, but the better, more au courant translations can be found in the recent NYRB edition.

What's sadly missing from the new NYRB edition is "Places of My Infancy." Though this "memory" is a problematic work, since it is somewhere between a curio and newly found answering machine message by Bigge Smalls laid over a single by The Police.

Here's the genesis of the memory: Lampedusa's wife was a psychoanalyst. He was inconsolably melancholic after his ancestral home, which he had lived in all his life, was bombed to pieces during WWII. Since he was bookish, she suggested he write out his memories of the home as a curative exercise. He wrote Places of My Infancy. This served as a template of sorts for The Leopard, and with renewed vigour, Lampedusa began a short writing career.

Places of my Infancy is kind of strange, sadly poetic and adorable. Lampedusa leaps between giving the reader a subjective, spatial tour of his house in words, and accumulating impressions of the objects and people of his childhood. He's a rustic royal giving you a tour of his old palace, which is no longer a home but a private museum of reminiscence. Included in this collection are archival photographs of the author, his town, surviving balconies, gardens, stairs and stuccoed wall art.

But I'm already a fan. I would watch a Lampedusa hologram order an espresso and scrawl in a notebook while his latest P Diddy-produced, dinner invitation card was read over "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da." So, you probably would do well not to take my word for it, and read The Leopard if you feel so inclined.


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Ebook Two Stories and a Memory read Online! Tomasi was born in Palermo to Giulio Maria Tomasi, Prince of Lampedusa and Duke of Palma di Montechiaro, and Beatrice Mastrogiovanni Tasca Filangieri di Cutò. He became an only child after the death (from diphtheria) of his sister. He was very close to his mother, a strong personality who influenced him a great deal, especially because his father was rather cold and detached. As a child he studied in their grand house in Palermo with a tutor (including the subjects of literature and English), with his mother (who taught him French), and with a grandmother who read him the novels of Emilio Salgari. In the little theater of the house in Santa Margherita di Belice, where he spent long vacations, he first saw a performance of Hamlet, performed by a company of travelling players. His cousin was Fulco di Verdura.


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For those who are bored to live

SOFIA

This book will make you shudder, infiltrate, and change your mind about this crazy world.

HUGO

Fun book for children and their parents

POPPY

The book that found the answer to my question




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