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"Open Doors" and Three Novellas (Vintage International) [Paperback]

Leonardo Sciascia

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1 Feb 1994 Vintage International
From one of modern Italy's greatest writers come four flawless novellas that combine history and fiction while mapping the treacherous relations between individuals and the state. Whether set amid the paranoia of the fascist past or the criminal and political labyrinths of present-day Italy, these Kafkaesque novellas are thrillers of moral gravity, beautifully written and relentlessly engrossing.

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  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; 1st Vintage International Ed edition (1 Feb 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679735615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679735618
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 624,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Four Novellas 2 Dec 2004
By picaraza - Published on Amazon.com
I am an avid reader of Sciascia and have been trying to track down every thing I can in English. (My Italian is not so good.)

The product description for this book does not list the novellas included in this collection. They are:

* Open Doors

* Death and the Knight

* A Straight Forward Tale

* 1912 + 1

A mixed bag. If you are new to Sciascia, I'd start with The Day of the Owl or Equal Danger. Both five stars.

As far as I can tell his novella One Way or Another (Todo Modo) is currently only available in the UK. I mention this because that book packages One Way or Another with Death and the Knight.

The New York Review has re-released much of his work recently. All are worth giving a look.

Most of his other books are available in British editions-- try ordering from amazon.uk. However, I can tell you that the British translation of Night of the Owl is inferior to the American translation and the the British paperbacks are cheaply thrown together. The New York Review editions are attractive and feature good introductory essays.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Melancholic Sciascia 5 Aug 2008
By Alberto Gemin - Published on Amazon.com
I have grown to love and respect Sciascia above all the other modern writers of political and social issues in modern Italy. His writing is absolutely mesmerizing (in Italian) and this translation makes a good job in transposing what is clearly a very difficult prose to transpose intact.

As always with Sciascia, the themes are universal: death penalty, corruption, terrorism of state, decadent society.

These are not among Sciascia's must-read works (look at "The Day of the Owl" and "To Each his Own" for that), but they express values and a vision of the tragedy in human nature that are typical Sciascia, albeit maybe a little more bitter, written, as they are, so close to his death.

In particular I found "Open Doors" a beautifully written reflection on the meaning of justice and a harsh comdenation of the practice of capital punishment.

I wish the almost universal love of everything Italian would extend to these lesser known gems of our contribution to the progress of the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Italian Writer 16 Dec 2008
By Jonathan A. Weiss - Published on Amazon.com
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Sciascia is perfect proof how the particular can become general, Sicily to Italy to the world. These stories etch vividly the emotional and ethical problems facing those involved in crime, justice, and families in Sicily. Well translated, they are engrossing. He deserves to be in the 20th Century pantheon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Open Doors and Three Novellas a Contemporary Masterpice in Italian Literature 25 Feb 2010
By Mastercard - Published on Amazon.com
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Open Doors and Three Novellas is an excellent read for anybody interested in Italian Gialli (equivalent of French Noir)or Detective stories. Sciascia, arguably one of Italy's most important contemporary writers, provides the reader with a detailed insight towards the corruption and scandolous behavior of some of Italy's bureaucratic instituions, such as the police and the church.
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