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Childhood Memories and Other Stories by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

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Childhood Memories and Other Stories by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, translated into English by Stephen Parkin

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, the author of one of the most poignant and enduringly popular novels of the twentieth century, left only a few other pieces of fiction when he died prematurely at the age of sixty. Childhood Memories and Other Stories, here presented in a new translation by Stephen Parkin and including previously deleted passages and the unpublished fragment 'Torretta', collects all of Lampedusa's extant shorter fiction and provides a revealing glimpse into the writer's workshop and the background to the composition of his masterpiece. From the atmospheric recollections of the Palazzo Lampedusa and the Palazzo Filangeri Cuto at the turn of the twentieth century in 'Childhood Memories' to the delightful fable 'The Siren', from the gently humorous, bitter sweet tones of 'Joy and the Law' to 'The Blind Kittens' - the first chapter of what was intended to be a sequel to The Leopard - this volume showcases Lampedusa's unparalleled observational powers and narrative skills.

"This is a bundle of his short fiction and (the pearl) his memories of his childhood in a lost world of almost unimaginable privilege and beauty."  The Times

"Lampedusa wrote two masterpieces and this, as bizarre as it sounds, is the other one." The Telegraph

"Handsome book... Parkin's translation does justice to Lampedusa's elegant, elaborate prose… The prose flows with the allegro and cadences of a Mozart piano composition." TLS

"[The Siren] is an enigmatic, tantalizing and haunting tale of rare beauty which glints like a finely cut diamond." TLS

"A man with the deep soul of an Old European, who was wise and witty." The Lady

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Childhood Memories and Other Stories by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, translated into English by Stephen Parkin

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, the author of one of the most poignant and enduringly popular novels of the twentieth century, left only a few other pieces of fiction when he died prematurely at the age of sixty. Childhood Memories and Other Stories, here presented in a new translation by Stephen Parkin and including previously deleted passages and the unpublished fragment 'Torretta', collects all of Lampedusa's extant shorter fiction and provides a revealing glimpse into the writer's workshop and the background to the composition of his masterpiece. From the atmospheric recollections of the Palazzo Lampedusa and the Palazzo Filangeri Cuto at the turn of the twentieth century in 'Childhood Memories' to the delightful fable 'The Siren', from the gently humorous, bitter sweet tones of 'Joy and the Law' to 'The Blind Kittens' - the first chapter of what was intended to be a sequel to The Leopard - this volume showcases Lampedusa's unparalleled observational powers and narrative skills.

"This is a bundle of his short fiction and (the pearl) his memories of his childhood in a lost world of almost unimaginable privilege and beauty."  The Times

"Lampedusa wrote two masterpieces and this, as bizarre as it sounds, is the other one." The Telegraph

"Handsome book... Parkin's translation does justice to Lampedusa's elegant, elaborate prose… The prose flows with the allegro and cadences of a Mozart piano composition." TLS

"[The Siren] is an enigmatic, tantalizing and haunting tale of rare beauty which glints like a finely cut diamond." TLS

"A man with the deep soul of an Old European, who was wise and witty." The Lady

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Additional Information
Book Genre Short Stories
Book Format Unabridged
Binding Paperback
Publisher Alma Classics
Number of pages 288
Dimensions 13 x 1.7 x 20 cm
ISBN 9781847493989
Date of Publication 15 Jan 2015
Media Type Book
Key Benefits
  • Foreword by Ian Thomson
  • First complete and unexpurgated translation of Lampedusa's uncollected shorter prose
  • Written at around the same time as The Leopard, 'Childhood Memories' reveals the biographical and psychological background of Lampedusa's masterpiece
  • Contains the previously unpublished piece 'Torretta' and a long biographical note
  • Includes the stories 'Joy and the Law' and 'The Siren', as well as 'The Blind Kittens', the beginning of a sequel to The Leopard
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