Tuesday, March 26, 2019

“A worm in the cheese”

The rector of the Church of Sant’Anna is explaining things to Professor Laurana:

Leonardo Sciascia, To Each His Own. 1968. Trans. Adrienne Foulke. (New York: New York Review Books, 2000).

To Each His Own is the second work of Sciascia’s I’ve read. It’s a terrific novel, tracing the efforts of high-school teacher Paolo Laurana to piece together clues related to a death threat and double murder. Even when the killer’s identity begins to feel certain, the ultimate ending remains a surprise. The greatest pleasures of the novel come in its scenes of conversation, with commentary on aesthetics, ethics, literary history, philosophy, politics, religion, and Sicilian life. Another NYRB find!

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