The Gattopardo and Sciascia

The Gattopardo and Sciascia, for the lovers of literature, indicate a strong connection between the work of Giuseppe Tomasi of Lampedusa and the thought of Leonardo Sciascia.

The Gattopardo and Sciascia

The story of the relationship between Gattopardo and Sciascia It would deserve a very wide discussion. But in short we can find a strong emphasis and thematic tune in his story The Forty-Eight set in the Risorgimento period, where Sciascia deals with the themes of The Vicerè of De Roberto and the Gattopardo dei Tomasi di Lampedusa.

Leonardo Sciasca was born and lived in Racalmuto and was a nationally renowned character. In addition to being a writer, he was also a journalist, essayist, politician, poet and playwright. We like Regalpetra Hotel, to celebrate life and the works of Sciascia, we decided to name and report every room in the Hotel to stories or characters contained in both literary work.
The name of one of our rooms, for example, is Room Vicerè, a double bedroom furnished with modern style and with balcony that from the agora of the village.

Il Gattopardo e Sciascia
Room Vicerè

The theme of I Vicerè

The theme of Vicerè of Sicily is a very dear subject to Leonardo Sciascia. The writer, in his The Forty-Eight it deals with the themes of Vicerè and Gattopardo, but more thoroughly Sciascia continues to talk about the Viceroy in Corda Pazza, Work published in 1970 and to which we specifically referred to. The names of the other rooms are Don Ferdinando, Abate Vella, Inspector Rogas, Captain Bellodi, Professor Laurana, Donna Assunta, Melfa, Frà Diego. To know the history of choosing each name, let us refer to it page of each single room where the source of the room name is explained.

The Gattopardo and Sciascia: The Forty-Eight

Sciascia’s narrative debut in which he denounces the Risorgimento in the South, with extraordinary coincidences of dates, is in the period of publication of the book Il Gattopardo. And we can see how Leonardo Sciascia’s story, “The Forty-Eight“, is set in the Risorgimento period (between 1848 and 1860) and deals with the theme of the unification of the Kingdom of Italy seen through the eyes of a Sicilian. In this tale, Sciascia wants to highlight the indifference and cynicism of the ruling class by addressing a theme already dealt with by Federico De Roberto in Viceré (1894) and Giuseppe Tomasi of Lampedusa in the book Il Gattopardo.

Neither the Forty-Eight, The protagonist states: “If we must do revolution, do not you think?” It is difficult not to think of the sentence Tancredi pronounces in dialogue with his uncle and has become the emblem of Gattopardo.

And yet, Sciascia emphasizes that ’48, rather than a true transformation, is “a way of replacing the organist without changing either instrument or music,” just like that of 1860, in which, with a gesture that is repeated also by Principe di Salina in Tomasi’s novel, it is enough to change the paintings hanging on the walls of the aristocratic houses, removing the portraits of the Bourbon Kings, to get on the part of the winner of the turn and welcome Garibaldi (or his officers) into the Augustan abodes of Sicily.

The Gattopardo, a short story You can find it at this link.


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