Published: 01/04/1996
ISBN: 1899293906
Format: Paperback



"offers teachers, lecturers and students many useful ideas which they could use to stimulate literary discussion [...] where Il Gattopardo is being studied"

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Tomasi di Lampedusa's Il Gattopardo
An Introductory Essay
by Ernest Hampson

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's Il Gattopardo achieved an international reputation during the sixties and has since proved to be one of the most enduring works of twentieth century Italian literature. In his novel Lampedusa looks back on the history of Sicily and evokes the atmosphere of a mysterious and insular world where revolution and political upheaval are bringing change to an apparently unchanging society.

Ernest Hampson's introductory study stresses the extent to which the author's personal experience of Sicilian history influenced his work. He focuses on the novel's historical theme, that of the Risorgimento and its effects on the island's ruling classes, as well as on the work's key theme, that of death, the death of the protagonist, Don Fabrizio, and of the Sicilian aristocratic class which he embodies. A section is also devoted to the novel's complex use of symbolic imagery.

This book is aimed at teachers and students of Italian as well as the general reader.

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