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"Sciascia's Italy" (1979) Summary and Analysis

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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