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.
The most intelligent detective story I have ever read and the ideal
introduction to Sciascia's brilliant but little-known oeuvre.
-- Thomas Wright, Daily Telegraph
The accessibility and beauty of Sciascia's prose suggest he
wanted it to be an antidote to the silent complicity and
self-deception confronting both him and his heroes. When he wrote
about crime, he was also writing about truth, solitude and
-- The Observer