Like Colm Tóibín's The Master, or Michael Cunningham's The Hours, a novel about love and art in the life of one of the great writers.
Set in a sun-drenched Sicily, among the decadent Italian aristocracy of the late 1950s, Lampedusa explores the final years of Giuseppe Tomasi, last prince of Lampedusa, as he struggles to complete his only novel, The Leopard. Adhering intensely to the facts of Lampedusa's life, but moving deep into the mind of the author, Lampedusa inhabits the complicated heart of a man facing down the end of his life, struggling to make something of lasting worth, while there is still time. This is the story of one man's awakening to the possibilities of life, set against the transformative power of a great work of art.
STEVEN PRICE is the author of two novels, By Gaslight (2016), longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and Into That Darkness (2011). Also an acclaimed poet, he has written two award-winning poetry books, Anatomy of Keys (2006), winner of the Gerald Lampert Award, and Omens in the Year of the Ox (2012), winner of the ReLit Award. He lives in Victoria, B.C.