The Leopard Author:Giuseppe Di Lampedusa Il Gattopardo was translated from the Italian by Archibald Colquhoun. — With a new introduction by A. L. Rowse. — This book records the struggles of a man to adjust to a changing world. "I belong to an unfortunate generation, swung between the old world and the new, and I find myself ill at ease in both," states Don Fabrizio, the 19th Ce... more »ntury Sicilian Prince who is the hero of the book. The historical fact he faces is that he has become an anachronism.
Shortly before he died, Lampedusa was told by an Italian editor that his book was unpublishable. However, the manuscript eventually found its way into the hands of an enthusiastic editor. The book became an overnight sensation. It sold an unheard-of 250,000 copies in Italy, passed the 100,000 mark in France, became one of Britain's top six bestsellers in 1960 and was described by TIME as that year's best work of fiction.« less