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The Leopard

(1959)
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In Sicily in 1860, as Italian unification grows inevitable, the smallest of gestures seems dense with meaning and melancholy, sensual agitation and disquiet: "Some huge irrational disaster is in the making." All around him, the prince, Don Fabrizio, witnesses the ruin of the class and inheritance that already disgust him. His favorite nephew, Tancredi, proffers the paradox, "If we want things to stay as they are, they will have to change," but Don Fabrizio would rather take refuge in skepticism or astronomy, "the sublime routine of the skies."

Giuseppe di Lampedusa, also an astronomer and a Sicilian prince, was 58 when he started to write The Leopard, though he had had it in his mind for 25 years. E. M. Forster called his work "one of the great lonely books." What renders it so beautiful and so discomfiting is its creator's grasp of human frailty and, equally, of Sicily's arid terrain--"comfortless and irrational, with no lines that the mind could grasp, conceived apparently in a delirious moment of creation; a sea suddenly petrified at the instant when a change of wind had flung waves into frenzy." The author died at the age of 60, soon after finishing The Leopard, though he did live long enough to see it rejected as unpublishable.A classic of modern fiction. Set in the 1860s, THE LEOPARD is the spellbinding story of a decadent, dying Sicilian aristocracy threatened by the approaching forces of democracy and revolution.


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Hardback Editions

September 1991 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Leopard (Everyman's Library Classics)
Author(s): Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
ISBN: 1-85715-023-6 / 978-1-85715-023-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Everyman
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May 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Leopard: Limited Centenary edition
Author(s): Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa
ISBN: 1-84655-391-1 / 978-1-84655-391-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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December 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Leopard
Author(s): Giuseppe di Lampedusa
ISBN: 1-84343-010-X / 978-1-84343-010-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Harvill Press
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October 1991 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Leopard (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series)
Author(s): Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
ISBN: 0-679-40757-X / 978-0-679-40757-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Everyman's Library
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December 1986 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Leopard
Author(s): Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa
ISBN: 0-00-271459-0 / 978-0-00-271459-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Press
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December 1960 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Leopard
Author(s): Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
ISBN: 0-00-261450-2 / 978-0-00-261450-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Harvill Press
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May 1960 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Leopard
Author(s): Di Lampedusa Giuseppe T , T Tomasi Di Lampedusa Giuseppe
ISBN: 0-394-43291-6 / 978-0-394-43291-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: A Pantheon Books
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Paperback Editions

October 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Leopard (Vintage Classic Europeans Series)
Author(s): Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa
ISBN: 1-78487-498-1 / 978-1-78487-498-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Classics
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November 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Leopard: A Novel
Author(s): Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
ISBN: 0-375-71479-0 / 978-0-375-71479-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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September 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Leopard: Revised and with new material (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa
ISBN: 0-09-951215-7 / 978-0-09-951215-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Leopard
Author(s): Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
ISBN: 1-86046-145-X / 978-1-86046-145-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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March 1993 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Leopard
Author(s): Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa
ISBN: 1-86046-191-3 / 978-1-86046-191-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Press
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July 1991 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Leopard
Author(s): Giuseppe di Lampedusa
ISBN: 0-679-73121-0 / 978-0-679-73121-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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January 1988 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Leopard (with a Memory and two Stories)
Author(s): Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
ISBN: 0-00-271467-1 / 978-0-00-271467-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Harvill Press
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October 1987 : USA Paperback
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Title: Leopard
Author(s): Di Lampedusa Giuseppe T , Lampedusa Giuseppe Tomasi Di
ISBN: 0-394-75668-1 / 978-0-394-75668-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon Books
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December 1986 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Leopard
Author(s): Giuseppe di Lampedusa
ISBN: 0-00-271369-1 / 978-0-00-271369-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Harvill Press
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July 1984 : UK Paperback

Title: The Leopard (Flamingo)
Author(s): Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
ISBN: 0-00-654036-8 / 978-0-00-654036-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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March 1982 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Leopard
Author(s): Lampedusa Giuseppe Tomasi Di, Di Lampedusa Giuseppe T , Lampesusa Giuseppe
ISBN: 0-394-74949-9 / 978-0-394-74949-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: A Pantheon Books
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1974 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Leopard (Fontana modern novels)
Author(s): Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
ISBN: 0-00-613530-7 / 978-0-00-613530-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fontana
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October 1969 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Leopard (Fontana modern novels)
Author(s): Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
ISBN: 0-00-612186-1 / 978-0-00-612186-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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1963 : UK Paperback
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Title: The leopard
Author(s): Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
ISBN: 0-00-616437-4 / 978-0-00-616437-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fontana
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1961 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Leopard
Author(s): Giusepe di Lampedusa
ISBN: 0-451-01960-1 / 978-0-451-01960-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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Audio Editions

June 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Leopard
Author(s): Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
ISBN: 1-5226-3377-4 / 978-1-5226-3377-8
Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks on Brilliance Audio
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October 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Leopard
Author(s): Giuseppe di Lampedusa
Publisher: Audible Studios
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October 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Leopard
Author(s): Giuseppe di Lampedusa
Publisher: Audible Studios
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November 2009 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Leopard
Author(s): Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
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November 2009 : Audio CD
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Title: The Leopard (Complete Classics)
Author(s): Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
ISBN: 9626349964 / 978-9626349960
Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
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November 2000 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Leopard: Complete & Unabridged (Cover to Cover)
Author(s): Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Guiseppe di Lampedusa
ISBN: 1-85549-475-2 / 978-1-85549-475-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Cover to Cover Cassettes Ltd
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Kindle Editions

October 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Leopard: A Novel
Author(s): Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
Publisher: Pantheon
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September 2010 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Leopard: Revised and with new material (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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