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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 kil...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 31st 2000 by NYRB Classics (first published 1966)
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David
Sep 04, 2011 David rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: nyrb
A social critique masquerading as a nuts-and-bolts murder mystery, To Each His Own casts mama's boy Sicilian professor Laurana as the Signora Angela Lansbury in this breezy episode of Double Homicide, He Wrote. Lacking any sleuthing credentials except curiosity and naivité, Laurana starts sniffing around town after two acquaintances are murdered on a hunting expedition. Even worse news: a dog also dies, but this hierarchy reflects my own sympathies and not Leonardo Sciascia's. Rather, he's inter...more
Lynne King
I keep on coming across books on Goodreads that I already own and it is like being on a "magical mystery tour".

I read this book when I had a great love for anything Sicilian (I still do in fact), be it books on cookery, travel, biographies, history, the mafia, bandits, etc. The list is just endless. And then to go to Sicily and just breathe in the atmosphere and culture is just mind-blowing - well to me anyway.

So when I rediscovered "To Each His Own" by this incredible Sicilian author this morni...more
Guido
Sciascia non può resistere alla tentazione di guarnire i suoi scritti con nomi importanti e significativi: Voltaire, Quasimodo, Camus; ma sa menzionarli con garbo e passione, senza alcuna arroganza. Con uno spirito quasi settecentesco trascura o limita l'azione per amore della conversazione, delle brevissime digressioni dedicate alla politica, all'attualità sociale o alla critica letteraria, abilmente inserite nei dialoghi, mai pedanti. Perciò A ciascuno il suo è come un giallo, ma non lo è del...more
Arwen56
Molto bello questo pseudo giallo di Leonardo Sciascia. Lo chiamo “pseudo” sia perché, in realtà la cosiddetta ricerca del colpevole si risolve in un nulla di fatto, nel senso che diviene poco a poco chiaro anche al lettore chi esso sia, ma, come succede anche ne La promessa di Friedrich Dürrenmatt, la mosca/assassino non cadrà nella tela che gli tende il ragno/investigatore, bensì sarà quest’ultimo a perdere la partita; sia perché la struttura “gialla” è solo un pretesto per narrare d’altro. In...more
Nancy Oakes
To Each His Own is only one of the author's long list of novels translated into English; it is a literary, intelligent and yet unconventional novel of Italian crime fiction. And it's superb.

The story begins when the local pharmacist, Manno, receives a death threat in the mail:

"This letter is your death sentence. To avenge what you have done, you will die."

He waves it off guardedly as a joke, because he can't think of anything he's done to merit this kind of warning, but when he and his friend...more
AC
Great book! Loved this one - a short, existential murder mystery... Italians, fascists, women with curves, wit, some memorable character sketches and.... (view spoiler)
Donato
[3.5 stars]
I bought this because 1) I've wanted to get around to Sciascia, 2) it was on sale, and 3) it caught my eye because of what Calvino supposedly wrote to Sciascia re: this book -- that it was a detective novel that wasn't a detective novel, where the mystery is dismantled before your eyes.

So we have a double murder, and a small-town professor who through some kind of boredom and vanity tries to solve the case by himself. A small-town professor who's single and lives with his mother in th...more
Maria Grazia
Una lettera anonima, due morti ammazzati dei quali uno è il vero obiettivo e l'altro un effetto collaterale, un delitto che si vuole passionale. Tutto chiaro, o no?
Non so dire se è Sciascia incredibilmente moderno, oppure è la realtà italiana che non è cambiata di una virgola in tutti questi anni.
Sicuramente la chiesa, la politica, la piccineria della gente, gli intrallazzi, l'omertà e la mafia non sono diversi, ora come allora.
In più, il libro è scritto benissimo.
Nick
This is a great mystery. With an obvious nod to L'Etranger by Albert Camus, Sciascia further shows how the contemporary Italian detective fiction writer understands the existential detective. This is more than just film noir caricatures. It is short, taut and to the point. This means it is not the encyclopedic mystery of the equally great Umberto Eco's Name of the Rose. But it's another wonderful example of the thinking detective with a no-nonsense attitude.
Maria
Sciascia è uno dei miei scrittori preferiti, adoro la sua scrittura lucida, implacabile, specchio di una realtà come quella da lui descritta non meno spietata.
Tony
Sciascia, Leonardo. TO EACH HIS OWN. (1968; this ed. 2000). *****. This is the first novel I have read by this author, and I am impressed enough to track down more of his books. Sciascia (1921-1989) was born in Racalmuto, Sicily. He published several novels and collections of short stories starting in the 1950s, most of them quasi-detective novels in which the main character was not a detective, but an ordinary citized of one kind or another. In this novel, a pharmacist from a small town in Sici...more
Radwa
من أكتر الروايات البوليسية اللي قراتها تشويقا و تعقيداً وربط للأحداث
والمميز فيها أكتر ربطها بسياسة إيطاليا بأكملها بجريمة قتل بطريقة مبهرة!

تبدأ الأحداث عندما يتلقي صيدلي في مدينة صغيرة بإيطاليا رسالة تهديد تقوده لحتفه هو و دكتور في المدينة، و يبدأ الأستاذ لاورانا تتبع الجريمة بعد فشل الشرطة في الوصول إلى القاتل

المميز في تتبع خط سير وكشف لاورانا للحقائق، أنه لا يفعلها بدافع حبه للحق أو رغبته في تقديم المجرمين للعدالة (يصل به الأمر في النهاية أنه يبدأ بالتعاطف مع المجرمين بعد تعرفه عليهم) ولكنه يف...more
Mike
May 12, 2013 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of The Wire
Man living in a brutal, corrupt, and cynical society shows just enough talent to puzzle things out, but fails when it comes to negotiating with the monsters he has found. Imagine the movie They Live but instead of a macho, heroic everyman putting on the sunglasses some poor middle-class sap wore them instead. Sadly, the events outlined in this book are closer to the everyday than Carpenter's classic.

Someday I'd like to fly into Palermo, and touch ground via the Aeroporto Falcone e Borsellino. I'...more
Elizabeth
Another classic (English title: To Each His Own). Sicilian author Leonardo Sciascia depicts the role of corruption and violence in small-town Sicily in the guise of a murder mystery. When two local men are shot while out on a hunting trip, everyone in town speculates about the murderer and his motives, and the book follows the discoveries and deductions made about the killings by a school teacher named Laurana. In the end, the identity of the murderer is less important than the insight the book...more
Renato Mite
Un mistero e un delitto si dipanano attraverso le vicende di una piccola città, dove tutti si conoscono e le chiacchiere girano. Per alcuni il mistero è risolto, altri sanno qual è la vera storia e se ne tengono lontani, e c'è chi vuole risolvere il mistero per pura curiosità e scoprirà la verità a caro prezzo. Una storia con un ritmo lento e inesorabile in cui semplicità e complessità si intrecciano, il lettore saprà infine la verità ma rimarrà comunque con in bocca l'amaro della realtà in cui...more
Kristel
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kristel's Review

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...more
Andy
È Uno Di Quei Libri Che Non Puoi Smettere Di Leggere Una Volta Che Hai Iniziato .. Interessante, Parodico, Con Un Umorismo Sottile Ma Trasparente .. Il Finale Poi È Completamente Inaspettato .. I Personaggi, Specialmente Il Prof. Laurana È Patetico, Superficiale, Ma Ugualmente Catturante .. Insomma, Un Giallo Breve Ma Eccellente!
Marco
Questa specie di nave corsara che è stata la Sicilia, col suo bel gattopardo che rampa a prua, coi colori di Guttuso nel suo gran pavese, coi suoi più decorativi pezzi da novanta cui i politici hanno delegato l'onore del sacrificio, coi suoi scrittori impegnati, coi suoi Malavoglia, coi suoi Percolla, coi suoi loici cornuti, coi suoi folli, coi suoi demoni meridiani e notturni, con le sue arance, il suo zolfo e i suoi cadaveri nella stiva: affonda, amico mio, affonda... E lei ed io, io da folle...more
Newengland
The trouble with short books is you seldom abandon them when they suck. Really, you tell yourself, it's only another 90 pages -- might as well march through the mud. Bigger books are more gracious. They give you plenty of leeway. They are graceful and understanding as you bail on p. 120 because you are not -- I repeat, NOT -- going to force your way through another 300 pp. of their dreck.

So I finished. And the last ten pages were decent. But honestly, I couldn't give a Sicilian leap about any o...more
Paula
Interesting take on the detective story - a crime whose mystery is undone at the end, not in the usual way of unveiling villain but by showing the crime as somehow underwhelming or insignificant. It's a really smart and subtle reversal. Closing scene is strongest of book, and, even on a second reading, still surprised me. Economically told. If you're looking for high drama, lots of action, this prob isn't a good bet though.
Sara Ausilio
Jul 13, 2014 Sara Ausilio is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
"Ho letto il tuo giallo che non è un giallo, con la passione con cui si leggono i gialli, e in più il divertimento di vedere come il giallo viene smontato, anzi come viene dimostrata l'impossibilità del romanzo giallo nell'ambiente siciliano."

(Italo Calvino in una lettera a Leonardo Sciascia a proposito di A ciascuno il suo)

Andrea Bovino
Breve ma intenso. Sciascia propone al lettore un romanzo/giallo pieno di tratti caratteristici della sua terra, analizzando la situazione politica e malavitosa della stessa, senza però tralasciare aspetti culturali.
Scorrevole e sintetico. Il finale non è sorprendente ma molto riflessivo. Consigliato.
Janet
In this short masterpiece, Sicilian writer Leonardo Sciascia uses the convention of the detective story to expose a web of entrenched connections between the mafia and politics, religion, the law and society. Curiosity and a perverse need to be something of a “know it all” leads Professor Laurana to follow the thread of a clue to a double murder in his small town. This lonely, sexually repressed bachelor is an odd man out : an intellectual long on book learning and short on street smarts, who re...more
Mara Amalfi
Ho letto questo libro per la seconda volta (la prima volta avevo 14 anni) e riconfermo le bellissime sensazioni che mi aveva dato. Leggere Sciascia è come fare un viaggio in Sicilia. A ciascuno il suo non è solo un libro giallo, anzi i ritmi non sono quelli di un classico giallo: non c'è suspense, non c'è velocità nella trama, anzi i fatti e i dialoghi sono molto lenti, come lo stile di vita dei siciliani.
Meraviglioso
Timmy
There isn't enough tension here to pass for a highlighted mystery-noir, although this mostly reminded me of an inferior Maigret story. Neither is there enough characterization, ideas, or humanity to place it with better literature. Yes, Sicilian life is there, but the book is not particularly revealing or insightful in that area either. There is nothing stylistically novel about it in terms of genre, writing style, or presentation. All in all, a fairly straightforward mystery that is not bad, bu...more
Jmgonet
Happens in Sicilia, like Montalbano series. With a light tone, describes a quite frightening story. Except for the fact that there are no smartphones, the storyline, language, theme and characters could be nowadays.
Tabasco
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 d...more
Valerie


Normally I would flat out hate anything even remotely Mafia related (I once dated a guy who was obsessed with the Mafia and that sort of turned me off of it forever). To my surprise, and delight, this book wasn't really about the Mafia. The Mafia is there, a subtle, shadowy black hand moving in the background. The novella deals with the murder of two prominent citizens in a small town in Sicily. What we get is a glimpse of the social and political implications these deaths have on the town. Ove...more
Theresa
If I knew more about Italian history and literature, I probably would have liked this novel a bit more. It began with an interesting premise. A somewhat non-descript pharmacist receives a letter, fashioned with words cut from newspapers. It starts with: "This is your death sentence. To avenge what you have done, you will die." But the poor man has really done nothing so evil as to deserve death, or has he? He is murdered a few days later while in the company of a friend (who was also killed) on...more
Nicola Marangon
Primo libro di Sciascia per me. Mi è piaciuto molto, a dispetto delle recensioni che leggo qui: mi ha affascinato il modo dell'autore di costruire le frasi, inglobando nella narrazione il pensiero dei personaggi quasi fosse una sua considerazione personale. Anche il ritmo del racconto, decisamente lento e privo della suspense che ci si aspetterebbe da un "giallo", a mio avviso ben riflette lo spirito dei siciliani, che osservano e parlano al bar...
Lungo quel tanto da permettere di entrare nella...more
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Leonardo Sciascia wrote of his unique Sicilian experience, linking families with political parties, the treachery of alliances and allegiances and the calling of favours that resort in outcomes that are not for the benefit of society, but of those individuals who are in favour.
Sciascia perhaps, in the end, wanted to prove that the corruption that was and is endemic in Italian society helps only t...more
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