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Leonardo Sciascia

Author: Joseph Farrell
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, ©1995.
Series: Writers of Italy.
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In this, the first critical study of Sciascia to appear in English since his death, Joseph Farrell examines the various aspects of his work as novelist, critic, essayist, journalist and acerbic political observer to show how the historical and cultural complexities of Sicily shaped his wider vision of life. A tenacious opponent of the Mafia, Sciascia recreated the detective story both to give voice to his opposition  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Farrell, Joseph, 1955-
Leonardo Sciascia.
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)603794045
Named Person: Leonardo Sciascia; Leonardo Sciascia; Leonardo Sciascia
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Farrell
ISBN: 0748606203 9780748606207
OCLC Number: 32466390
Description: ix, 181 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. Civic Humanism and the Body Politic. The Political Moralist. Mafia and Anti-Mafia. Judgement on Justice --
Ch. 2. De Rebus Siculis. To Be Sicilian. Le parrocchie di Regalpetra. Pirandello --
Father or Stepfather? --
Ch. 3. The Detective Story. God's Policeman. Society and Politics in Il giorno della civetta and A ciascuno il suo. The Mafia as Metaphor --
Il contesto and Todo modo --
Ch. 4. History and the Historical Novel --
Ch. 5. Inquisitions and Inquisitors --
Ch. 6. Candour and Candido --
Ch. 7. The Last Works --
Sciascia's Myths.
Series Title: Writers of Italy.
Responsibility: Joseph Farrell.

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In this, the first critical study of Sciascia to appear in English since his death, Joseph Farrell examines the various aspects of his work as novelist, critic, essayist, journalist and acerbic political observer to show how the historical and cultural complexities of Sicily shaped his wider vision of life. A tenacious opponent of the Mafia, Sciascia recreated the detective story both to give voice to his opposition and to continue his own quest for an order founded on the values the Mafia contradicts - justice, truth and reason. His output falls into two categories, works of historical and contemporary fiction, and 'essay-investigations' which delve into mysteries from his own time and from the past. Sciascia always confronted the central political and moral issues of the day, and with most of his work now available in translation, this is a timely study of an important and influential Italian writer.

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