November 1, 2000
November 1, 2000
Leonardo Sciascia was an outstanding and controversial presence in twentieth-century Italian literary and intellectual life. Writing about his native Sicily and its culture of secrecy and suspicion, Sciascia matched sympathy with skepticism, unflinching intelligence with a streetfighter's intransigent poise. Sciascia was particularly admired for his short stories, and The Wine-Dark Sea offers what he considered his best work in the genre: thirteen spare and trenchant miniatures that range in subject from village idiots to mafia dons, marital spats to American dreams. Here, in unforgettable form, Sciascia examines the contradictions—sometimes comic, sometimes deadly, and sometimes both—of Sicily's turbulent history and day-to-day life.
Before there was Mario Puzo, there was Leonardo Sciascia, a Sicilian author whose works were out of print in English for years before being reissued by New York Review Books. The thirteen short stories collected in THE WINE-DARK SEA push the envelope of the organized-crime genre, using the absurdities of the Mafia way of life (e.g., a mother who hides her child's killers from the police rather than break the code of silence) as the basis for inventive, darkly ironic literary fiction.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Humorous Fiction, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Classics, Literary Genres + Types of Novels
- Language: English
- Author: Leonardo Sciascia
- Online Item #: 11760144
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-20-0901
- ISBN: 9780940322530
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported