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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books; New edition edition (12 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862074380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862074385
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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District Attorney Varga is shot dead and then two judges are murdered - Inspector Rogas works his way into the mind of his prime suspect in Equal Danger, a wide-ranging political thriller that brilliantly evokes Sicily by a great European writer. There are four novellas in Sicilian Uncles in which illusions about history and ideology are lost in mirth, in suffering and the abandonment of innocence. Each is set in a historical moment: the events of 1848, the Spanish Civil War, the Allied invasion of Sicily and the death of Stalin.

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Leonardo Sciascia was born in Sicily in 1912 and died there in 1989. Like Joseph Roth, Sciascia worked with deceptively simple forms - books about crime, historical novels, political thrillers - and was a master of lucid and accessible prose. This polished surface conceals great depths of sophistication and an intense engagement with the moral and historical problems of modern Italy, especially of his native Sicily. His books are rooted in a particular culture; they speak to anyone who has ever wondered how people can endure unbearable injustice.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Oct. 2011
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Leonardo Sciascia was one of the great Italian writers of the 20th Century. Most of his books are now in translation and very much worth tracking down and reading. His collection of novellas, "Sicilian Uncles" was first published in the 1950s and must have been, in part, quite provocative for an Italian society and political environment that was still recovering from the traumas of the Mussolini era and WWII and was still a Cold War political battlefield. One of the stories in this collection, "The Death of Stalin", speaks in an insightful voice to the disillusions suffered by West European Communists (in this case Sicilians) as their long-time iconic leader is revealed to be something of a monster by his Kremlin successors.

The opening story in "Sicilian Uncles" deals with the liberation of Sicily from the Germans by American troops in 1943, and the saga of one family's bittersweet connection with relatives who immigrated to the U.S. before the war and return to proselytize with some smugness to their island cousins. A third novella, "Forty-Eight", focuses on the years of transition (1840-48) when Sicily slowly moved from being part of a creaky monarchy, ruled from Naples, to enthusiastic supporter of Garibaldi and his republican liberation movement. A final story takes a poignant look at Sicilians and Italians who were dragooned into fighting in Spain during the Civil War of the 1930s by Mussolini, who saw a chance to further the cause of Fascism in support of Franco and his rebellion against the Spanish Republic.
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By Skeoghman on 10 Feb. 2014
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An absolute delight, beautifully written, thoughtful and thought- provoking, in particular the story set among the Italian solders fighting with Franco in Spain. Highly recommended.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By macsen on 26 Dec. 2012
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Brilliant writing, never read Sciascia before but sure to become a fan, mystery with a difference, the title is so mis-leading

Recommened to everyone
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bowlsmoker on 31 Oct. 2010
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- a must read for anyone who cares about the future of this planet, honestly!
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