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A Simple Story (Modern Voices) Paperback – 24 Sep 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd (25 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843914255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843914259
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A mordantly witty crime novella . . . beautifully translated by Howard Curtis. . . . It is to be hoped that Racalmuto's most famous son will one day receive more attention in the English-speaking world." --"Times Literary Supplement"

"The poise and understatement of this writing is peerless. . . . clever, cynical and very droll." "Guardian""

"Amordantly witty crime novella . . . beautifully translated by Howard Curtis.. . . It is to be hoped that Racalmuto s most famous son will one day receive more attention in the English-speaking world." "Times Literary Supplement""

About the Author

Leonardo Sciascia (1921-89) was born in Sicily. One of the most important modern Italian writers, he was also active in Sicilian politics and, later in life, become a member of the European Parliament. He was known as an outspoken and controversial commentator on political affairs, particularly within Sicily.

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This novella is a new translation of one of the Sicilian author's
last published works.The story begins when a keen yet inexperienced
policeman takes a telephone call concerning a suicide of a retired
diplomat.It becomes clear that this is not a suicide and notable
local figures might be involved in a murder.The tale is beautifully
written,seemingly conveying more than appears on the page,as the
author shows endemic corruption within the Sicilian system.

A further novella 'Candido' is contained in the same volume.It is
loosely based on Voltaire's 'Candide',and again is writing of the
highest quality,compelling and witty.The tale features the naive,
idealistic Candido,as he finds his way amongst competing ideologies
and venal practices in post-war Sicily ,before emigrating to Paris.
It was a great pleasure to discover such an enjoyable and accomplished
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