The Leopard, Sicily’s Epic Novel

Prince Don Fabrizio Salina faced a new world in 1860 during the “unification” of Italy. He is the protagonist of “Il Gattopardo (The Leopard),” the posthumously published 1958 novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. Burt Lancaster (pictured) starred in the epic movie by Luchino Visconti in 1963. If you haven’t seen it (or read the book), do. It’s essential to understanding Sicily today.

As Don Fabrizio’s nephew Don Tancredi says, “If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.”

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