Sicily, 1860. In the gracefully decaying estates of the ancient Corbera family, Don Fabrizio, Prince of Salina, is aware that great change is coming. It is not only in the form of the popular uprising towards Italian unification, but in the decline of the nobility and the rise of the middle class. Assailed by the critics on its publication, The Leopard was nevertheless hailed by the public and has since grown in worldwide popularity for the ironic elegance with which it spins a story of regret and rebirth, of change and stagnation, of the passing of the old ways and the inevitable triumph of the new. The Leopard is a modern masterwork that stands comparison with the novels of Marcel Proust and Jane Austen.
Chronicles the turbulent transformation of the Risorgimento, in the period of Italian Unification. It pits the waning feudal authority of the elegant and stately Prince of Salina against the materialistic cunning of Don Calogero.