Il giorno della civetta

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Manchester University Press, 1998 - Foreign Language Study - 137 pages
"Il giorno della civetta, " set in the early 1960s, tells the story of a "carabinieri" captain investigating the mafia killing of a local building contractor in a small town in western Sicily. Captain Bellodi pursues his enquiries honestly and intelligently, without realizing that his intervention will stir up a hornets' nest. There are powerful figures who have a vested interest in making sure not only that Bellodi's inquiries will come to nothing, but that the very existence of the mafia itself can be denied. Leonardo Sciascia shows us not only the police operations but how shadowy, unidentified figures combine to frustrate Bellodi's investigation. Sciascia's intention in writing the book was to bring to as wide an audience as possible an awareness of the problem of the mafia and its hold, not only on Sicily, but on important areas of public life: the police, the judiciary, politics and even the Catholic Church. He succeeds brilliantly in this picture of his own beloved island.

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The continuous denial of the existence of the Mafia, by those in charge reminded me of the parallel situation in the United States where J. Edgar Hoover, consistently had the same line with regard to ... Read full review

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Born in Sicily, Sciascia was a literary and critical genius as well as a best-selling activist-writer. In the tradition of such Sicilian writers as Luigi Pirandello and Giuseppe Di Lampedusa, he explored in neorealist novels the island's impact on its inhabitants' lives: how they coped with crime, the Mafia, and corruption. His best-known works include The Day of the Owl, The Sicilian Relatives, and the collection of short stories The Wine-Dark Sea. In his most controversial work, The Moro Affair, he implicated Italy's leaders in the 1978 kidnapping and murder of former premier Aldo Moro by the leftist terrorist group, the Red Brigade. Though a long-time Communist, Sciascia eventually left the party to become a member of the Radical party, whose tenets were closer to his own anarchist leanings. As a representative of the party, Sciascia was elected to both the Italian and European Parliaments.

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