"For everything to remain as it is, everything must change."
This famous literary quote from an equally famous novel has created the concept gattopardisme: to pretend that you want change to maintain the status quo. Then the author of The Leopard (The leopard) died, had he not released anything. First Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (1896–1957) never experienced his own world fame. His manuscript was rejected twice by publishers, and only thanks to Lampedusa's steadfast widow saw this extraordinary documentation of a society in disintegration.
The action takes place in Sicily in conjunction with Italy's Risorgimento - the movement for a united Italy, led by Army Commander Giuseppe Garibaldi. The author surrenders himself and his family with all the insight and sensuality life gave him substance to. He was a child of his time, an aristocratic day laborer who could rely on the notion that making money was something ugly, something. . .
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