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In his life as in his art, Leonardo Sciascia sought to reconcile two divergent strains in Italian life and politics—one, the fascist, Catholic strain represented by "the Duce's loony pseudo-Roman norm" and the other, the communist /socialist strain. Indeed, post-war Italy, Vidal says, "has managed with characteristic artistry, to create a society that combines a number of the least appealing aspects of socialism with practically all the vices of capitalism." At the age of 48, schoolteacher and part-time writer Sciascia got a state pension for life and became a full-time writer and politician. He also ran for parliament as a candidate for the Radical Party and as "a voice of reason in a land where ideology has always tended to take the place of ideas."

As a Sicilian, Sciascia is very aware...

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