The Wine-Dark Sea

The Wine-Dark Sea

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by Leonardo Sciascia
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Herbert Mitgang
Probably the best introduction to [Sciascia¹s] work are the stories in The Wine Dark Sea.—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780940322530
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Series:
New York Review Books Classics Series
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
757,875
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.56(d)

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Luigi Barzini
Perhaps the best of [recent Italian novelists] is Leonardo Sciascia...[Sciascia] has such deep roots in his native island that his books...seem to have written themselves out of family recollections, the reminiscences and gossip exchanged in the piazza...His incandescent hatred of evil, his love of liberty and reason shine through his tranquil, spare prose.

Meet the Author

Leonardo Sciascia (1921-1989) was born in Racamulto, Sicily. Starting in the 1950s, he established himself in Italy as a novelist and essayist, and also as a controversial commentator on political affairs. Among his many other books are Salt on the Wound, a biography of a Sicilian town, The Council of Egypt, an historical novel, and Todo Modo, a book in a genre that Sciascia could be said to have invented: the metaphysical mystery.

Albert Mobilio is a poet and critic. His books of poetry include Bendable Siege and The Geographics, and his criticism has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Book Review, and The Village Voice. In 1999 he won the National Book Critics Circle award for excellence in reviewing. He teaches at The New School.

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