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District Attorney Varga is shot dead. Then Judge Sanza is killed. Then Judge Azar. Are these random murders, or part of a conspiracy? Inspector Rogas thinks he might know, but as soon as he makes progress he is transferred and encouraged to pin the crimes on the Left. And yet how committed are the cynical, fashionable, comfortable revolutionaries to revolution—or anything? ...more
Paperback, New York review books classics, 119 pages
Published October 31st 2003 by NYRB Classics (first published 1971)
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Chiara Pagliochini
« Eccellenza, mi pare che abbiamo abbandonato la pista giusta per seguirne una falsa. Dico per l’assassinio dei giudici ».
Il ministro guardò Rogas con compatimento e diffidenza. Disse « Forse. Ma continuate a seguirla ».


Così, signor Sciascia, ci conosciamo. Ho tanto sentito parlare di lei, ma non avevo mai letto qualcosa di suo. E questo piccolo testo… è un gioiello, una perla rara. Mi dispiace soltanto non abbia scritto qualcosa di più.
È interessante, Leonardo – posso chiamarti Leonardo? – i
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Sam
I should probably qualify this review by saying that I'm a sucker for detective novels that are secretly big honking metaphors for the human condition, so if you're not into that sort of thing Sciascia might not be for you. But if you are, I can guarantee that you will like this book. Set in a fantasy country suspiciously reminiscent of Sicily, it concerns a police investigator trying to catch a murderer who is assassinating judges, only to have his own investigation derailed by corrupt official ...more
Eric_W
This was recommended bu a Goodreads friend. (Thanks.) I've been hooked on foreign police procedurals for a while now, Mankell, Leon, Larsson, Turston, Eriksson and some other unspellables from Norway and Sweden. I guess what I really like about them is the sense of grayness and dark. There's a gloom, a sense of constant struggle, particularly in the Italian police procedurals, of labyrinthine bureaucracy, the little guy seeking small truths amidst a gigantic, corrupt society. British PP's are ci ...more
Ralph
Equal Danger is a short book that is long on ideas. The author keeps his writing lean and loaded with thought-provoking discussion and context.
The plot focuses on a Police Inspector investigating the deaths of an (ever-growing) number of Legal Officials (Judges mostly) in an unnamed country. During the investigation, Inspector Rogas' leads force him to wade into the political area at both the top levels of the government, and the top levels of the revolutionary groups. As a Detective who simply
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Jacob
Someone (or someones?) is assassinating judges throughout the country, but Inspector Rogas can't seem to find out who--and his superiors aren't all that keen to let him find out. It's another mystery (or just a crime novel without a solution) from Leonardo Sciascia, just as short as The Day of the Owl but more confusing--like Owl, it benefits from being read in one or two sittings (it's only 119 pages), but, again, I stretched it out over a whole week. Definitely something to reread, if I don't ...more
William1
Leonardo Sciascia writes rereadable thrillers, loaded with action and existential angst. There is no one quite like him. In Equal Danger Detective Rogas is put on a case meant to solve the serial killings of a number of judges and district attorneys. Rogas very methodically tracks down his man. It's a simple operation but with its own peculiar logic. He stakes out the man's house, but his plainclothesmen promptly "lose" the suspect. Rogas speculates that his man, Cres, simply walked away from th ...more
Theut
Scritto nel 1971, pare stampato qualche settimana fa.
Chiaramente si parla di un paese inventato, dove chi è al potere complotta e maneggia per rimanervi, con il consenso di tutte le parti in gioco. Chi ne fa le spese non può che essere chi vuole vedere chiaro in una situazione (inventata!) dove tutti spiano tutti.
E che dire della "palazzina immersa nel verde di un parco che una volta era stata la residenza estiva, appena fuori le mura, dei duchi di San Concordio."? Un piccolo gioiello della ment
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Tyler Jones
Having read three other Sciascia books, I opened this novel with high expectations. I closed the book in awe.

Of all Sciascia's work now available to English readers through the NYRB, Equal Danger is the one that is the least hyped. Perhaps this is because it is in many ways a strange book and one does not want to scare off potential readers and I can see how some fans of Sciascia who come to the book hoping for "more of the same" might be disappointed. I suppose whether this is a great book or n
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Susan
I really wanted to like this book, but I was just too confused most of the time. I'm not even sure I know quite what happened at the end. The mystery and its resolution (whatever that was) seemed to be just a vehicle for what Sciascia really wanted to say: there was a great deal of philosophizing (about political situations and the condition of society in general) for such a short book. The book has been described as belonging to the genre "metaphysical mystery," so the problem was probably mine ...more
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Alvin
I confess to being sort of confused by this novel, probably because I'm fairly ignorant of Italian history and politics, but I still found it intriguing. There's almost no character development and the whole thing revolves around the corruption of government ministers, police, and revolutionaries. I suppose you'd call it an existential-political noir thriller. There was one really funny part, but I won't spoil it for anyone by saying what it was.
Eileen
Jul 11, 2009 Eileen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: nyrb
Quite good, although I think I would appreciate it more were I more familiar with contemporary Sicilian politics. Although the main character here is a detective, and the main action is an investigation into a series of crimes, this falls outside my immediate definition of a "detective novel"; to me it's more of an exploration of a certain political mindset, or even (as in the author's note, which I apparently read and then forgot) a sophisticated fable.
Tony
Sciascia, Leonard. EQUAL DANGER. (1971). ****. This is an eerie crime novel from this noted Sicilian writer. District Attorney Varga is shot dead. Then Judge Sanza is killed. Then Judge Azar. Are these random murders, or part of a conspiracy? Inspector Rogas is put on the case, and very quickly decides that the murderer is a recently released felon who was wrongly convicted. Or is it? The ending will truly surprise you. Recommended.
Procyon Lotor
Ricordo solo che mi piacque "l'agudeza" e l'approccio laterale ben illustrato dal titolo, l'inserimento d'oggi il riacquisto dopo aaanni grazie a una felice bancarella sconto 40%! Lo rilegger quindi lo recensir. --- In un'altra edizione ha come sottotitolo "una parodia", in effetti c' anche la parodia, oppure la metafora ma una buona met del libro non spinge a immaginare una nazione che una strana evoluzione alternativa della Pangea o del Gondwana abbiano ricreato a destra dell'Adriatico, no: ...more
S'hi
Nov 29, 2012 S'hi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: thinkers crime intrigue politics
An intriguing book, covering many big ideas in a very small space of just over a hundred pages - and yet this is a novel. Felt the need to familiarize myself with some of the other books referred to, and then read again.
Carlo
In quello che è il suo quarto romanzo, lo scrittore siciliano è esplicito fin dal sottotitolo: ‘una parodia’. In un Paese immaginario, qualcuno dà il via a una serie di assassinii che hanno in comune solo il mestiere delle vittime, tutte appartenenti a vario titolo alla magistratura. Il caso viene affidato al miglior investigatore a disposizione, l’ispettore Rogas, che riesce a trovare quel che pare il bandolo della matassa individuando la presunta vittima di un errore giudiziario – Sciascia dov ...more
Nicholas During
I really enjoyed Sciasica's 'Day of the Owl' and was prepared for more of the same. This is similar, but significantly different. The biggest change is the allegoric tone Equal Danger has. While before, the characters were all real people; very good or very bad, but their choices, reasonings, and lives made sense to the reader. Now the characters's names are named by initials, they represent the typical politician, judge, mobster, boss cop, etc., and it is hard to identify them.

But this doesn't
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Susana Case
I found this difficult to read in the Italian version, but think I would have found it difficult to read in the English version as well. There are a number of characters. Many get killed. I like the cynical tone of Sciascia's work, but I also believe that if you are writing what he calls at the beginning "a parody," then you have an obligation to provide some clarity for your readers and this was too obscure, at least for me. I would normally enjoy a book about the collusion among government and ...more
Adam
Nov 06, 2011 Adam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: nyrb
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Mikee
An Italian book. Wheels inside wheels. Nothing is as it seems. All is corrupt. I probably would have rated it higher had I understood it better.
Karen
Jul 05, 2010 Karen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Karen by: Bettie☯
Shelves: crime, library, real-book
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Joanna
Zaczęło się wesoło, skończyło się smutno i absurdalnie. Tak to już bywa.
Stefanie
I found this giallo harder to get into a follow than I did 'A Ciascuno il Suo', however, I find the subject matter and the hidden tales fascinating. I will go on to study this for my exams so I look forward to analysing it in more depth.
Peter
Jun 12, 2013 Peter rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: crime
The sort of metaphysical mystery pioneered by Chesterton and Borges, this one works as both a crime book and philosophical meditation. Short by surprisingly profound (although I'm still mystified by the end).
AC
The beginning was magnificent (better than To Each His Own) - then I found the turn to the political to be less compelling -- but the ending grabbed... 4.5 stars. Definitely worth a read.
Rudolf
The first NYRB book I've really disliked. Somehow manages to fail being interesting as a both a detective plot and as literature. Another nail in the coffin of 'literary' genre fiction.
Halfman
"Budimo realisti , gospodine Cusan. Nismo se mogli izložiti opasnosti da izbije revolucija. - I doda: - Ne u ovom trenutku.
- Shvaćam - reče Cusan. - Ne u ovom trenutku."
Adam
Equal Danger is an obstuse, Kafkaesque fable (if Kafka wrote crime fiction) filled with suffocating disgust. Confusing but intriguing on first read.
Anna Toniato
***** Più che un giallo una riflessione amata e corrosiva sulla giustizia scritta in modo impeccabile.
Aran
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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
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