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A cadascú el que és seu (original 1966; edition 2009)

by Leonardo Sciascia, Francesc Parcerisas (Translator)

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Title:A cadascú el que és seu
Authors:Leonardo Sciascia
Other authors:Francesc Parcerisas (Translator)
Info:ET00 #N5-Sci(ascia) [NARRATIVA ITALIANA] | Barcelona : Edicions 62, 2009
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To Each His Own by Leonardo Sciascia (1966)

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A literary crime novel by Sicilian novelist Leonardo Sciascia. An anonymous letter arrives to the pharmacist and it states "This letter is your death sentence. To avenge what you have done you will die." The pharmacist can't think of anything that he has done and decides it is a joke. He and his hunting doctor friend are found shot dead on their hunting trip. The police can find no reason and therefore blame the pharmacist of an affair with a young girl who was picking up prescriptions frequently, ruining her life and the pharmacist widow's life. A high school teacher with a literary bent, notices a clue and out of curiosity begins to seek out more clues in the mystery. His amateur sleuthing results in unexpected, tragic results.

The story was published in 1966 in Italian and it was translated to English in 1968 under the title of A Man's Blessing. The edition I read was published in 2000. It is a very quick read. I read it in a day (I am not a fast reader). It is 158 pages ( )
  Kristelh | Jul 7, 2014 |
Gran bel libro! Ho già letto un bel po' di ottimi commenti positivi qui sotto, perciò mi asterrò dal ripetere gli stessi concetti, con cui sono d'accordo. L'unica nota che non ho visto in altre recensioni è questa: l'amore di Sciascia per i libri e la letteratura è onnipresente in questo romanzo. Grazie al fatto che il protagonista è professore di lettere, i libri fanno quasi da sfondo a molti dialoghi, e la letteratura, soprattutto quella italiana, costituisce un colore di base non meno forte di quello della Sicilia. Ho ascoltato l'audiolibro, e il lettore è bravissimo a rendere le varie sfumature dell'accento siciliano. Forse uno dei pochi casi in cui leggere il libro mi sarebbe piaciuto un po' meno. ( )
  tabascofromgudreads | Apr 19, 2014 |
Gran bel libro! Ho già letto un bel po' di ottimi commenti positivi qui sotto, perciò mi asterrò dal ripetere gli stessi concetti, con cui sono d'accordo. L'unica nota che non ho visto in altre recensioni è questa: l'amore di Sciascia per i libri e la letteratura è onnipresente in questo romanzo. Grazie al fatto che il protagonista è professore di lettere, i libri fanno quasi da sfondo a molti dialoghi, e la letteratura, soprattutto quella italiana, costituisce un colore di base non meno forte di quello della Sicilia. Ho ascoltato l'audiolibro, e il lettore è bravissimo a rendere le varie sfumature dell'accento siciliano. Forse uno dei pochi casi in cui leggere il libro mi sarebbe piaciuto un po' meno. ( )
  tabascofromgudreads | Apr 19, 2014 |
Thanks to reading Sciascia's Equal Danger, I discovered that I'd had this novella on my shelves for almost five years. And I liked it even better. Sciascia takes his epigraph from Edgar Allan Poe: "Let it not be supposed that I am detailing any mystery, or penning any romance." And indeed, while the protagonist, an educated but not street-wise schoolteacher, who still lives with his mother, earnestly tracks down clues to the double murder of a pair of hunting buddies, a doctor and a pharmacist, and becomes enamored of the doctor's beautiful widow, the reader develops his or her own suspicions and, in the end, it turns out almost everyone else in the Sicilian town knew what was going on all along.

For, like Equal Danger, this is a story only masquerading as a mystery. But it was even more enjoyable for me because, in addition to Sciascia's wonderful writing style and his pointed wit, this novel involves more complex and interesting characters, is more indirect in its indictment of the breadth of corruption, collusion, and complicity, and provides a broader portrait of many aspects of Sicilian society, including politics, the Church, and sex. I can't resist quoting this comment about the schoolteacher's reluctance to help turn in a guilty person, one among many that are both thoroughly delightful and eminently quotable:

"Laurana had a a kind of obscure pride that made him decisively reject the idea that just punishment should be administered to the guilty one through any intervention of his. His had been a human, intellectual curiosity that could not, and should not be confused with the interest of those whom society and State paid to capture and consign to the vengeance of the law persons who transgress or break it. At play in this obscure pride were the centuries of contempt that an oppressed people, an eternally vanquished people, had heaped on the law and all those who were its instrument; a conviction, still unquenched, held that the highest right and truest justice, if one really cares about it, if one is not prepared to entrust its execution to fate or God, can only come from the barrels of a gun." p.120
4 vote rebeccanyc | Mar 27, 2013 |
Un brave pharmacien d'une petite ville de Sicile est assassiné au cours d'une partie de chasse, ainsi que son compagnon le docteur Roscio. Un ami du docteur, le professeur Laurana, n'aura de cesse qu'il n'ait découvert l'auteur et les mobiles du crime - qui ne vise en fait que le seul Roscio. Après de discrètes et habiles enquêtes, Laurana parvient à résoudre l'énigme, mettant au jour un enchevêtrement sordide de basses intrigues. Mais les requins provinciaux qu'il a dérangés dans leur impunité l'assassineront à son tour avant qu'il ait eu le temps de parler.
  PierreYvesMERCIER | Feb 19, 2012 |
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Let it not be supposed that I am detailing any mystery, or penning any romance.
- Edgar Allen Poe, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"
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The letter arrived in the afternoon delivery.
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The return of the dogs set the whole town to disputing for days and days (as will always happen when people discuss the nature of dogs) about the order of Creation, since it is not at all fair that dogs should lack the gift of speech. No account was taken, in the Creator's defense, that even had they had the gift of speech, the dogs would, in the given circumstances, have become so many mutes both with regard to the identity of the murderers and in testifying before the marshal of the carabinieri.
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This letter is your death sentence. To avenge what you have done you will die. But what has Manno the pharmacist done? Nothing that he can think of. The next day he and his hunting companion are both dead.The police investigation is inconclusive. However, a modest high school teacher with a literary bent has noticed a clue that, he believes, will allow him to trace the killer. Patiently, methodically, he begins to untangle a web of erotic intrigue and political calculation. But the results of his amateur sleuthing are unexpected—and tragic. To Each His Own is one of the masterworks of the great Sicilian novelist Leonardo Sciascia—a gripping and unconventional detective story that is also an anatomy of a society founded on secrets, lies, collusion, and violence.
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This letter is your death sentence. To avenge what you have done you will die. But what has Manno the pharmacist done? Nothing that he can think of. The next day he and his hunting companion are both dead.The police investigation is inconclusive. However, a modest high school teacher with a literary bent has noticed a clue that, he believes, will allow him to trace the killer. Patiently, methodically, he begins to untangle a web of erotic intrigue and political calculation. But the results of his amateur sleuthing are unexpected—and tragic. To Each His Own is one of the masterworks of the great Sicilian novelist Leonardo Sciascia—a gripping and unconventional detective story that is also an anatomy of a society founded on secrets, lies, collusion, and violence.

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"This letter is your death sentence. To avenge what you have done you will die." But what has Manno the pharmacist done? Nothing that he can think of. He takes the letter for a joke. The next day he and his hunting companion are both dead." "The police investigation is inconclusive. However, Professor Laurana, a modest high school teacher with a literary bent, has noticed a clue that, he believes, will allow him to trace the killer. Patiently, methodically, Laurana begins to untangle a web of erotic intrigue and political calculation. But the results of his amateur sleuthing are unexpected - and tragic."--BOOK JACKET… (more)

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