A Leopard's Kiss (incl postage)


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A Leopard's Kiss

Marisa Fazio

From the mountains of an

ancient Sicilian village, to

the ornate cafes and lounges

of Palermo...

From the humid North

Queensland cane-fields, to a

Catholic convent in

Melbourne’s north...

A Leopard’s Kiss entwines two

dreamlike stories of change

and becoming.

In a time of upheaval, Tomasi

di Lampedusa, the last Prince

in a long and noble Sicilian

line, endures the frustration

and joy of writing his famous

novel, The Leopard, whilst

nearby a young couple farewell

their home to settle in far-

off Australia.

Beautifully written in a

sparkling and poetic style,

A Leopard’s Kiss provides a

vivid new account of the

pathos of migration.




launch of A Leopard’s Kiss

Saturday July 23 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm Italian Institute of Culture, Melbourne

233 Domain Road, South Yarra

July 23 is the anniversary of the death of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, the great Sicilian writer who wrote the

international best seller Il Gattopardo – The Leopard. 

To celebrate the occasion, Marisa will be accompanied by writer and broadcaster, Elly Varrenti (Radio National’s

Life Matters and Book Show) and Professor John Gatt-Rutter from La Trobe University’s Italian Australian Institute. 

Mikelangelo (Mikelangelo and The Black Sea Gentlemen) will provide music & repartee and Dr Flavia Coassin will

recite excerpts in Italian and English from Tomasi di Lampedusa’s Il Gattopardo. All in the apt surrounds of Billy

Doollen’s paintings of Sicily ‘Between Sea and Sky’ and the Biennale Venezia: Italian Pavilion in the World project

showcasing Italian Australian artists.