Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa: The Leopard (unabridged)

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Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa: The Leopard (unabridged)

Catalogue No:

NA799612

Discs:

7

Release date:

26th Oct 2009

Barcode:

9789626349960

Length:

9 hours 1 minute

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Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa: The Leopard (unabridged)


Read by David Horovitch

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Elegiac, bittersweet and profoundly moving, The Leopard chronicles the turbulent transformation of the Risorgimento, in the period of Italian Unification. The waning feudal authority of the elegant and stately Prince of Salina is pitted against the materialistic cunning of Don Calogero, in Tomasi’s magnificently descriptive memorial to a dying age. Tomasi’s award-winning, semi-autobiographical book became the best-selling novel in Italian history, and is now considered one of the greatest works of 20th-century fiction. It tells an age-old tale of the conflict between old and new, ancient and modern, reflecting bitterly on the inevitability and cruelty of change.

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa: The Leopard (Unabridged)

1: Introduction to the Prince, May 1860

With a wildly excited Bendico bounding ahead of him…

Those audiences! All those audiences…

Dinner at Villa Salina was served…

It was not dark yet…

Leaving the carriage at his palace…

Next morning the sun lit on a refreshed Prince.

The estate office was still empty…

But he was soon exiled from these stellar realms.

The Prince smiled.

Leaving Bendico panting from his own dynamism…

Both soothed, they began discussing a report…

In the estate office, to which he returned after luncheon…

2: Donnafugata, August 1860

An hour later they were all on the road again…

It had been an idyllic evening…

Beyond the short bridge leading into the town…

The Salina palace was next door to the Mother Church.

He went up the internal staircase…

The Jesuit was sweating in the heat of the little room…

An hour later he awoke refreshed…

The Prince had always taken care…

About Tancredi there seems little to be said…

At the end of dinner the conversation became general…

Centuries-old tradition required…

3: The Troubles of Don Fabrizio, October 1860

Tancredi had been gone for more than a month…

The sensation of finding himself a prisoner…

Don Fabrizio only revealed the contents of this letter…

For the moment such tight-rope balancing was suspended…

By some association of ideas…

The day of the Plebiscite was windy and grey…

Before dusk the three or four easy girls of Donnafugata…

At this point calm descended on Don Fabrizio…

Don Ciccio had said his say.

Don Ciccio, who, as protege of queens…

When Don Calogero's arrival was announced…

The Mayor's eyes had been fixed on the orange fringe…

The excellent Jesuit, dragged from his reading…

It would be an exaggeration to say…

4: Love at Donnafugata, November 1860

Angelica's first visit to the Salina family…

Don Fabrizio's voice quickly put such trifling…

Now that Don Fabrizio felt serene again…

It was a moving moment, this grouping of the family…

Having had their say on military changes…

As the result of this welcome arrival…

Tancredi wanted to show Angelica the whole palace…

Once the surprise was of a different kind.

So the pair of them spent those days…

When Angelica and Tancredi returned to the world…

In the smoking room, conversations…

One day about that time Don Fabrizio received a letter…

Next morning Tancredit and Cavriaghi led him…

At four in the afternoon the Prince sent…

The Piedmontese, representative of the only liberal State…

Not all of this was understood by the good Chevalley…

'There is a name I should like to suggest for the Senate…'

Chevalley left early next morning…

5: Father Pirrone Pays a Visit, February 1861

Then towards evening his friends came…

Father Pirrone had more than once asked himself…

'You, Don Pietrino, if you weren't asleep…'

Another sample of these complications…

The Jesuit took a chair and sat down…

After celebrating the Divine Sacrifice…

When Father Pirrone got back to the little square house…

6: A Ball, November 1862

The great stairs were of rough material…

Angelica and Don Calogero were late…

While Angelica reaped laurels…

The ballroom was all golden…

Till that moment accumulated irritation…

Angelica and Don Fabrizio made a magnificent couple.

Round the room smelling of vanilla…

The ball went on for a long time still…

7: Death of a Prince, July 1883

He had arrived that morning, a few hours before…

The first comfort he found at the hotel…

There were his sons, of course.

Below in the street, between the hotel and the sea…

8: Relics, May 1910

The conversation lasted an hour…

When Monsignor entered, the chapel was lit…

Carolina had gone off to pour out her rage…

A maid entered…

Senator Tassoni, who arrived soon after…

The conversation continued for some time…

The Cardinal of Palermo was a truly holy man…

The carriages had not yet reached…

Audiophile Audition

“Even through the most active scenes, David Horovitch always projects a hint of the elegiac tone that suffuses this novel...We feel the prince's conflict between his love of his own past and his appreciation for the possibilities of the newly unified Italy.”

Washington Post

“David Horovitch’s voice, rich in timbre and sepia in tone, is wonderfully paired with this masterpiece, a tale of degeneration and ruin. Like the declining House of Salina itself, Horovitch’s presentation possesses a certain ‘shabby grandeur’ that acquires a suitably obnoxious edge in conveying the vulgarity and ruthlessness of those who are tearing down the old order with the help of upstart money, main chance and relentless ambition.”

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