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Letters from London and Europe (1925-30)

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Between 1925 and 1930, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa wrote a number of letters to his cousins Casimiro and Lucio Piccolo in which he describes his travels around Europe (London, Paris, Zurich, Berlin). The letters, published here, display much of Lampedusa's distinctive style present in his later work.
Hardcover, 203 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Alma Publishing Company (first published November 2006)
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Elaine
Jan 02, 2014 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a default 3 stars. There is absolutely no reason to read this book if you are not already intrigued by Tomasi di Lampedusa. If you are already interested in him, this book may be interesting, although it is unlikely to make you more fond of the author.

The book is composed of a couple dozen letters from The Monster (Il Mostro), as Tomasi di Lampedusa calls himself, to his eccentric cousins, Licio and Casimiro Piccolo. (One of the book’s two forwards focuses on the frozen in time villa th
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Jan 20, 2011 bobbygw bobbygw rated it really liked it
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Famous for his 20th century classic, The Leopard - and Visconti’s wonderfully evocative film of the same, with Burt Lancaster – this slim collection of Lampedusa’s letters, mostly to his two cousins, is a delicious, quirky and charming epistolary treat. Quirky because his deep learning typically combined with his often scatological, irreverent humour (most notably, there are some very funny letters written in the style of a proprietor of numerous models of high-quality testicles to gentlemen in ...more
Victor Morosoff
Admirabile prin spiritul (auto)ironic si adesea meritat-incisiv la adresa exteriorului, scrisorile lui G. T. di Lampedusa presupun o surprinzatoare fluenta, au firul rosu calauzitor care le apropie de genul literar. Totusi, proiectul ramane, in acest sens, destul de sumar, schematic. Vorbim insa de o ideala aprofundare a universului intim al marelui scriitor italian. 3,4/5
Lee Riggs
Jul 29, 2013 Lee Riggs rated it liked it
Shelves: travel
New translations (and newly discovered) letters by Giusesppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Sicilian author of Il Gatopardo (the Leopard). Interesting travelogues and insight into his landed gentry life in between the two world wars.
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Tomasi was born in Palermo to Giulio Maria Tomasi, Prince of Lampedusa and Duke of Palma di Montechiaro, and Beatrice Mastrogiovanni Tasca Filangieri di Cutò. He became an only child after the death (from diphtheria) of his sister. He was very close to his mother, a strong personality who influenced him a great deal, especially because his father was rather cold and detached. As a child he studied ...more
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