Published in 1984 by Carcanet.
An English translation of two Leonardo Sciascia's novels in one volume: The Day of the Owl & Equal Danger. Includes an afterword by Frank Kermode.
The Day of the Owl, first published in the original Italian in 1961 :
In the piazza, a man lies dead. No one will say if they witnessed his killing. This presents a challenge to the investigating officer, a man who earnestly believes in the values of a democratic and modern society. Indeed, his enquiries are soon blocked off by wall of silence and vested interests; he must work against the very community to save it and expose the truth.The narrative moves on two levels: that of the investigator, who reveals a chain of savage crimes; and that of the bystanders and watchers, of those complicit with secret power, whose gossipy, furtive conversations have only one end: to stop the truth coming out. This novel about the mafia is also a mesmerising demonstration of how that organisation sustains itself. It is both a beautifully, tautly written story and a brave act of denunciation.
Equal Danger, first published in the original Italian in 1971 ;
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 Inspector Rogas is determined to find out. The pursuit of truth and justice are Rogas's vocation, but his work is frustrated by a system which defies his understanding. He needs a key, a way in, a map, and he is sure that his chief suspect Cres can provide it...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. 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 of the genre.
Complete with original dust jacket, which has not been price clipped. The spine of the dust jacket is a little sun-faded. In good condition throughout with very little sign of wear.