9780940322530

The Wine-Dark Sea

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  • ISBN13:

    9780940322530

  • ISBN10:

    0940322536

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2000-10-31
  • Publisher: NYRB Classics
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Summary

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 contradictionssometimes comic, sometimes deadly, and sometimes bothof Sicily's turbulent history and day-to-day life.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
The Ransom
3(14)
The Long Crossing
17(10)
The Wine-Dark Sea
27(40)
The Test
67(14)
Giufa
81(12)
Demotion
93(16)
Philology
109(12)
End-Game
121(18)
A Matter of Conscience
139(18)
Apocryphal Correspondence re Crowley
157(10)
Mafia Western
167(8)
Trial by Violence
175(16)
Euphrosyne
191(8)
Author's Note 199

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