From the atmospheric recollections of the Palazzo Lampedusa in Palermo at the turn of the twentieth century in 'Childhood Memories' to the delightful fantasy 'The Professor and the Siren', from the gently humorous, bittersweet tones of 'Joy and the Law' to 'The Blind Kittens', this volume showcases Lampedusa's unparalleled narrative skills.
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Duke of Palma and Prince of Lampedusa, was born in Palermo in 1896. Other than three articles that appeared in an obscure Italian journal in 1926 - 27, Lampedusa was unpublished in his own lifetime. He began The Leopard, his only novel, in 1954, at the age of fifty-eight. When he died aged sixty-one, the completed manuscript of The Leopard had received only rejections from publishers.