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Lampedusa

Steven Price

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Picador
01 February 2021
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Giuseppe Tomasi is desperately trying to finish his novel 'The Leopard'. Both time and his health are running out. This is a book imbued with a gentle poetic touch as Tomasi knows the future doesn't concern him, the present is becoming more and more alienating and the past is all he really knows. Greg Waldron

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE 2019

Set in a sun-drenched Sicily, among the decadent Italian aristocracy of the late 1950s, Steven Price's Lampedusa explores the final years of Giuseppe Tomasi, last prince of Lampedusa, as he struggles to complete his only novel, The Leopard.

In 1955, Giuseppe Tomasi was diagnosed with advanced emphysema; shortly after, he began work on a novel that would fail to be published before his death four years later. When The Leopard at last appeared, it won Italy's Strega Prize, and became the greatest Italian novel of the century.

Adhering intensely to the facts of Lampedusa's life, but moving deep into the mind of the author, Lampedusa inhabits the complicated interior of a man facing down the end of his life, struggling to make something of lasting worth, while there is still time.

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PRAISE FOR LAMPEDUSA 'A masterful storyteller, Price conjures Tomasi with language and images that evocatively fix him and his distant world indelibly in our minds.' Jury Citation, Scotiabank Giller Prize

'The prose is superbly controlled, richly textured, brimming with wise and lyrical insights that make it a worthy heir to its mighty predecessor. New York Times

'[a] brooding, beautiful book' Washington Post 'A lyrical and sensitive portrait of a man nearing the end of his life.' Kirkus Review

'Readers will savor this rich look at Italian history.' Publishers Weekly

'Lampedusa is one of the most powerful depictions of the creative act, and its roots in the wounds of the soul, that a reader is likely to encounter. . . . Lampedusa is a marvel, a strange, wonderful, and utterly unforgettable book.' Toronto Star
By:   Steven Price
Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   240g
ISBN:   9781529019650
ISBN 10:   1529019656
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   01 February 2021
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Steven Price's previous novel, By Gaslight, was shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger, longlisted for the Giller Prize, and named a Book of the Year by NPR, CBC, and the Toronto Globe and Mail. He is the award-winning author of one other novel, Into that Darkness, and two collections of poetry. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with his family.

Reviews for Lampedusa

Steven Price powerfully imagines Tomasi's final days as the ailing author struggles to complete and publish his treasured manuscript. Set in a post war Palermo of bombed-out buildings and ruined palazzos, the novel contemplates what values are worth retaining in life and in art. A masterful storyteller, Price conjures Tomasi with language and images that evocatively fix him and his distant world indelibly in our minds. -- Jury Citation, Scotiabank Giller Prize More striking than the biographical accuracy or even the intricate scaffolding of the story is the texture of images by Price, also a poet. Their beauty casts the same spell as his sensualist subject and the unhurried pleasure of experiencing them. * The Globe and Mail * Lampedusa is one of the most powerful depictions of the creative act, and its roots in the wounds of the soul, that a reader is likely to encounter . . . Lampedusa is a marvel, a strange, wonderful, and utterly unforgettable book. * Toronto Star * So vivid and true . . . Lampedusa is a beautiful novel, lyrical and wise. Reading it made me feel both melancholy and uplifted. -- David Gilmour, author of <i>The Last Leopard, </i><i>A Life of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa</i> * Financial Times *


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