Books: The Spacious Life

TWO STORIES AND A MEMORY (189 pp.)—Giuseppe di Lampedusa—Pantheon ($3.95).

The manuscript of Giuseppe di Lanipedusa's The Leopard (TIME, May 2, 1960) came to light only by accident some months after the death of its author, an old Sicilian prince who had published nothing during his lifetime. The book was, in a sense, a message washed up in a bottle, and this circumstance may partly account for its great popularity.* But there may be another explanation: the yearning of readers in the cramped present for the spacious spirit of the past.

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