Monday, December 04, 2006


One of the most important modern Italian writers, Sciascia told the story of Sicily with its positive as well as negative aspects that also reflected life in Italy, both from a social and political point of view.
Born at Racalmuto, near Agrigento, in 1921, he went to school at Caltanissetta and held either clerical or teaching posts until 1968 when he became a full time writer. Communist Party member in the Palermo city council he was also elected to the Italian as well as European parliament for the Radical Party. His first work, Favole della dittatura (Fables of Dictatorship) in 1950, was a satire on fascism.


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