Leonardo Sciascia

Leonardo Sciascia was an Italian writer, novelist, essayist, playwright, and politician. He is best known for his works on the Mafia, and his novels often explore themes of justice, morality, and the complexities of Sicilian life.


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  1. 1. To Each His Own

    "To Each His Own" is a mystery novel that follows a professor in a small Sicilian town who becomes obsessed with solving a double murder after receiving an anonymous letter. As he delves deeper into the investigation, he uncovers a web of corruption and deceit that reaches to the highest levels of power in his town. Despite his best efforts to bring the truth to light, he finds himself in danger as those involved in the murders will stop at nothing to keep their secrets hidden.

    The 1631st Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Day Of The Owl

    This novel delves into the murky world of Sicilian society, where the Mafia's influence permeates every level. When a businessman is murdered, the investigation is met with a wall of silence, indicative of the fear and complicity that hampers the pursuit of justice. The protagonist, a determined police captain, faces numerous obstacles as he attempts to unravel the complex web of connections that shield the true culprits. His quest exposes the deep-rooted corruption and the challenges of confronting an entrenched criminal organization that operates within a code of silence and intimidation.

    The 7836th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Wine Dark Sea

    In "The Wine Dark Sea," readers are presented with a collection of short stories that delve into the complexities of Sicilian life, exploring themes of justice, truth, and the human condition. The narrative weaves through tales of ordinary people confronted with extraordinary situations, often involving crime and moral dilemmas. The author's sharp observations and subtle irony highlight the intricate relationship between the individual and the often-oppressive societal structures, painting a vivid picture of a land steeped in beauty and contradiction, where the line between right and wrong is as blurred as the horizon on the titular wine-dark sea.

    The 8447th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Equal Danger

    In a society where political corruption and disillusionment are rampant, a series of murders targeting high-ranking officials sends shockwaves through the establishment. A detective, known for his intelligence and integrity, is assigned to the case, only to find himself entangled in a web of intrigue that blurs the lines between justice and power. As he delves deeper into the investigation, he confronts the existential absurdity of a system that seems to protect the very forces it should be fighting against, leading to a climactic resolution that questions the very nature of truth and the role of law in a flawed society.

    The 8748th Greatest Book of All Time