Equal Danger

Sciascia, Leonardo

Published by Harper & Row, 1973
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New York. 1973. Harper & Row. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket With A Few Tape Marks On The Back. 36. 119 pages. July 1973. hardcover. Jacket design by Geoffrey Moss. 0060138092. keywords: January 8. inventory # 6481. FROM THE PUBLISHER - The first man to die was District Attorney Varga, who was conducting the prosecution in the Reis trial. He died with a sprig of jasmine clasped in his hand. The next man to die was a judge named Sanza, shot through the heart, in Ales, a town about sixty miles away from where Varga had been killed. The Minister for National Security had assigned Inspector Rogas to investigate the murders. Rogas was an exceptional investigator - his head worked well, and his head told him there would be a third murder, and that it would be the murder that would provide the clue he'd need to solve them all. He was at least partially right—the highest ranking magistrate in the town of Chiro. Judge Azar, was the next victim. This is a novel that explores many things, including the codes of justice and the power that taints and destroys courts and governments. It is a complex, ironic novel, and a most important one. KIRKUS REVIEWS says of EQUAL DANGER, ‘On the treacherously simple surface here, glinting like isinglass, this is a criminal conundrum in which, serial fashion, a number of Sicilian judges are assassinated - the case becoming the province of Inspector Rogas, a remarkable man who quotes Chesterton and La Bruyere while brooding that he alone has `principles in a country where almost no one did.'. There is a symbolism m the shadow play which also suggests - as does Sciascia's artfully commonplace style – Durrenmatt or of course Kafka. With footfalls of conjecture on every dusty street. At the close Sciascia, one of the finest (less well known here) Italian writers, makes clear that his little ‘fable' had been written as a pastime which amused him - and ceased to do so. For interred with Rogas are his concepts of justice - and duty and honor which cannot survive in a country where omerta, that conspiracy of silence, becomes a condition of the soul as well as a matter-of-fact proviso of existence.' Very Good In Dustjacket With A Few Tape Marks On The Back. Bookseller Inventory # 6481

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Synopsis: Developed under Sciascia's hand in the spirit of a parody, Equal Danger has come to be regarded as a wide-ranging political thriller, one of the masterpieces in the genre. District Attorney Varga is shot dead while picking a sprig of jasmine. Then Judge Sanza is killed. Then Judge Azar. Is this string of murders an individual vendetta or a more sinister plot? The charming detective inspector Rogas works his way into the mind of his prime suspect, Cres. The pursuit of truth and justice are Rogas's vocation, but his work is frustrated by a system which defies his understanding. The book, written in 1971, uncannily prefigures the Red Brigade's subsequent killing of magistrates and the Catholic-Communist pact of the late 1970s in Italy.

About the Author: Leonardo Sciascia was born in Sicily in 1912 and died there in 1989. Like Joseph Roth, Sciascia worked with deceptively simple forms - books about crime, historical novels, political thrillers - and was a master of lucid and accessible prose. This polished surface conceals great depths of sophistication and an intense engagement with the moral and historical problems of modern Italy, especially of his native Sicily. His books are rooted in a particular culture; they speak to anyone who has ever wondered how people can endure unbearable injustice. Equal Danger was made into the film Illustrious Corpses by Francesco Rosi.

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Title: Equal Danger
Publisher: Harper & Row
Publication Date: 1973
Binding: hardcover
Edition: 1st Edition.

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Book Description Harper & Row, 1973. hardcover. 1st Edition. New York. 1973. Harper & Row. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket With A Few Tape Marks On The Back. 119 pages. July 1973. hardcover. Leonardo Sciascia (January 8, 1921 – November 20, 1989) was an Italian writer, novelist, essayist, playwright and politician. Some of his works have been made into films, including Open Doors (1990) and Il giorno della civetta (1968). Sciascia was born in Racalmuto, Sicily. In 1935 his family moved to Caltanissetta; here Sciascia studied under Vitaliano Brancati, who would become his model in writing and introduce him to French novelists. From Giuseppe Granata, future Communist member of the Italian Senate, he learned about the French Enlightenment and American literature. In 1944 he married Maria Andronico, an elementary school teacher in Racalmuto. In 1948 his brother committed suicide, an event which had a profound impact on Sciascia. Sciascia's first work, Favole della dittatura (Fables of the Dictatorship), a satire on fascism, was published in 1950 and included 27 short poems. This was followed in 1952 by La Sicilia, il suo cuore, also a poetry collection, illustrated by Emilio Greco. The following year Sciascia won the Premio Pirandello, awarded by the Sicily region, for his essay 'Pirandello e il pirandellismo.' In 1954 he began collaborating with literature and ethnology magazines published by Salvatore Sciascia in Caltanissetta. In 1956 he published Le parrocchie di Regalpetra, an autobiographic novel inspired by his experience as an elementary school teacher in his home town. In the same year he moved to teach in Caltanissetta, only to move again to Rome in 1957. In the autumn of that year he published Gli zii di Sicilia, including sharp views about themes such as the influence of the US and of communism in the world, and the 19th century unification of Italy. After one year in Rome, Sciascia moved back to Caltanissetta, in Sicily. In 1961 he published the mystery Il giorno della civetta (The Day of the Owl), one of his most famous novels, and in 1963, the historical novel Il consiglio d'Egitto (The Council of Egypt), set in 18th-century Palermo. After a series of essays, in 1965 he wrote the play L'onorevole (The Honorable), a denunciation of the complicities between government and mafia. Another political mystery novel is 1966's A ciascuno il suo (To Each His Own). The following year Sciascia moved to Palermo. In 1969 he began a collaboration with Il Corriere della Sera. That same year he published the play Recitazione della controversia liparitana dedicata ad A.D., dedicated to Alexander Dubcek. In 1971 Sciascia returned again to mystery with Il contesto (The Challenge), which inspired Francesco Rosi's movie Cadaveri eccellenti (1976). The novel created polemics due to its merciless portrait of Italian politics. Same was the fate of Todo modo, in this case due to its description of Italian Catholic clergy. At the 1975 communal elections in Palermo, Sciascia ran as an independent within the Italian Communist Party (PCI) slate, and was elected to the city council. In the same year he published La scomparsa di Majorana, dealing with the mysterious disappearance of scientist Ettore Majorana. In 1977 he resigned from PCI, due to his opposition to any dealing with the Christian Democratic party. Later he would be elected to the Italian and European Parliament with the Radical Party. Sciascia last works include the essay collection Cronachette (1985), the novels Porte aperte (1987) and Il cavaliere e la morte (1988). He died in June 1989 at Palermo. A number of his books, such as The Day of the Owl (Il giorno della civetta) and Equal Danger (Il contesto), demonstrate how the Mafia manages to sustain itself in the face of the anomie inherent in Sicilian life. He presented a forensic analysis of the kidnapping and assassination of Aldo Moro, a prominent Christian Democrat, in his book The Moro Affair. Sciascia's work is intricate and displays a longing for justice while attempting. Bookseller Inventory # 6477

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