Archibald Colquhoun

Archibald Colquhoun’s translations include Lampedusa’s The Leopard and numerous works by Italo Calvino and Italo Svevo.

Places of My Infancy

Literature by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Translated from the Italian by Archibald Colquhoun

Lampedusa’s brief but brilliant writing career lasted a mere two years before he succumbed to lung cancer. In that time he produced one novel (The Leopard), three stories, and the beginning of a memoir, Places of My Infancy — a “tour” of Lampedusa’s family estates in Sicily at the turn of the twentieth century. “For childhood me was a lost paradise,” writes Lampedusa. “I was king of the home.” Lampedusa gives lush, intimate descriptions of the estates in town and country: one mansion with one hundred rooms, its garden with fountains full of eels, its church, its theater where wandering “country” troupes would perform, its maids and groundskeepers, and Lampedusa’s own family members.…
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