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A ciascuno il suo

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Uscito nel 1966, A ciascuno il suo è l'esito più compiuto e affascinante di quella originalissima contaminazione fra romanzo giallo e romanzo di denuncia civile che caratterizza mirabilmente la prima fase della produzione di Leonardo Sciascia. Con uno stile secco, privo del benché minimo compiacimento letterario o retorico, l'autore racconta una storia di sangue e corruzio ...more
Hardcover, La Biblioteca di Repubblica - Novecento #30, 127 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso (first published 1966)
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Jun 18, 2015 s.penkevich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery, awesome
Italy is a country so blessed that for every weed they destroy, two spring up in its place.

Two men are gunned down while on a hunting trip and only an awkward high school English teacher is able to see the clues hiding right in front of the police's noses. While this may sound awfully contrived and laughable, Leonard Sciascia truly makes it sing in his outstanding To Each His Own. This is a mystery as engaging as the best of them, yet uses the plotline as a stage for an elaborate social critique
May 15, 2016 Cody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nyrb, literature
A cultural and political critique imbedded in a murder mystery. Sciasca focuses on abuse of power, particularly regarding high ranking political and legal officials. I wish my 20th century Sicilian history was a little stronger, but apparently Sciasca was very involved in the politics of his day. Of course the mafia is involved here as well, as those organizations played a large role in Sicilian politics (and probably still do, for all I know).

There’s also a bit of curiosity killed the cat in t
Sep 04, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 12, 2015 Tristan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"...We are drowning, my friend, drowning...

This corsair that has been Sicily, with the splendid leopard rampant on its prow, the Gutosso colors in its great shield, with its crew of headline-seeking mafiosi and the politicians secretly in cahoots with them, with its engagé writers, its screwed-up logicians, its madmen, its high-noon and nocturnal demons, its oranges and its sulfur and its booted corpses- the ship is sinking, my friend, sinking."

-- Leonardo Sciascia, To Each his Own

Renato Guttus
Jan 06, 2017 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't grow too fond of the one trying to solve the murder(s) in a Leonardo Sciascia mystery. Just don't. This is Sicily, where an unnamed shadow creeps over everything, seemingly sees everything, and will always evade the usual constraints of a justice system. Unnamed, but you know what it is.

Too, there are many levels of a Sciascia novel. 'A metaphysical detective novel' it says on the back of one cover. Yea, yea. Whatever. All I know is that it allows our crimesolver, in this instance a profes
May 13, 2013 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italia
Un giallo che non è un giallo, ma è meglio di un giallo, è una lezione sulla forza del male. Il silenzio, l’omertà, il malaffare, il crimine, la mafia, il Male sono come una ragnatela che con fili resistenti avvolgono quanto accade nella terra sicula (e non solo) impedendone la penetrazione a chiunque sia un “cretino”, un illuso quale l’ingenuo professor Laurana, che si improvvisa detective con un entusiasmo donchisciottesco del duplice delitto del farmacista Manno e del dottor Roscio, preceduto ...more
Lynne King
Mar 12, 2013 Lynne King rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sicily-lit
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
Unicuique (suum)
Un indizio, forse tre, per un delitto, o forse tre.
Un giallo che non è giallo; o è più di un giallo. Perché, come sempre, Sciascia si snoda con spontaneità tra immagini di luoghi e ritratti di persone: caricature siciliane, e italiane, di ieri (1965), e di oggi; tra vezzi e (mal)costumi di paese, (mal)abitudini sociali e (mal)affari di politica e di chiesa. Ma, in quel mondo, tutti ci stavano bene davvero, ciascuno a modo suo. O forse [...] tutti allo stesso modo e diverse era
Aug 01, 2014 Guido rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italia, mediterraneo
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
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
Of the eight or so Sciascia books I've read, this is my favorite.
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
Stefania T.
Feb 23, 2014 Stefania T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Spegni l'abat-jour. Indolentemente ti sfili dal guscio caldo del piumone, come un acrobata stiracchiandoti per arrivare alla scrivania senza abbandonare il (e senza cadere dal) letto e posarvi libro occhiali matita fazzoletti mezzo pacco accartocciato di biscotti orecchini (è perché non ho il comodino). A manovra compiuta, torni indietro - rewind - ritorni dall'allungamento felino allo stato di lumaca impaurita che languida si rintana nella sua casetta, strattoni il piumone fin sopra il naso, sp
Read in Italian, the English translation being To Each His Own.

In a small Sicilian town the local pharmacist, Manno, receives an anonymous letter threatening him with death for unexplained reasons. He and his friends, unable to fathom any reason for the threat, conclude that it is a joke or hoax, but soon, while hunting, Manno and his good friend Dr. Roscio are murdered. The townsfolk believe that Manno must have had some secret, probably an adulterous affair, for which he was slain and that Dr.
Aug 21, 2016 Jeanette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a social critique as well as a who-dun-it. The dichotomy of layers to secret and "known" reputation- always exploded in effect within the Sicilian placement! The flawed cognition from the get-go, yes, about the crime as a whole. But also for and about the "normal" townspeople. Who may or may not hold reality knowledge but also are most undisciplined and even possibly, more flawed in their opinion. In this town it is the most unlikely, a teacher, who quietly and logically observes a diffe ...more
Feb 19, 2016 Fil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Fil by: 1001-challenge
Voto 8,5 (su 10). Consigliato!!!

Libro ironico e profondo. Simile a La concessione del telefono con tre differenze.

+ Camilleri usa molto dialetto: chiunque può leggere Sciascia senza problemi.
- La concessione del telefono fa ridere maggiormente.
- Camilleri ha usato una struttura molto innovativa.

Questo "finto" giallo e' soprattutto una denuncia della societa'. Ho apprezzato molto lo stile: scorrevole, elegante ed ironico. Forse la fine mi è sembrata un troppo veloce: mi stava piacendo molto ed
Apr 30, 2011 AC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Great book! Loved this one - a short, existential murder mystery... Italians, fascists, women with curves, wit, some memorable character sketches and.... (view spoiler)
Aug 10, 2010 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Maria Beltrami
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.
kostas  vamvoukakis
εξαιρετική καταγραφή της πραγματικότητας στη Σικελία με όλη την καθημερινότητα να ξεσπά σε ακραίες καταστάσεις και τελικά σε δολοφονίες από τη μαφία που γίνονται απλά ...για οποιονδήποτε λόγο.χαλαρος ρυθμός που που μια κορύφωση που σκάει στο πιο άσχετο σημείο.γενικά πολύ καλό...ίσως και 4.5*
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Feb 08, 2016 Stand By Me rated it liked it
"A ciascuno il suo" è un romanzo del 1966 scritto dal giornalista e scrittore siciliano Leonardo Sciascia.
Il romanzo è ambientato nel 1964 in un piccolo paese siciliano di 7500 abitanti. La monotonia degli abitanti viene spezzata quando il farmacista Manno e l'oculista Roscio vengono uccisi durante una battuta di caccia.
Il commissario del paese crede che l'omicidio sia dovuto a una presunta frequentazione del farmacista con una acquirente della farmacia. La pista del commissario è completamente
Apr 26, 2011 Donato rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[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
Tom Tabasco
Jul 12, 2013 Tom Tabasco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 26, 2016 Susann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: idlewild
The best part about the book was learning that the author's last name is pronounced Sha-Sha. That and the last line. The last line was really good. Otherwise, I get that this is a social commentary. But that doesn't mean it has to be so dull. This was already novella-ish, but I think it would have been stronger as a short story. Plus, the translation was a little clunky.

No one in my group liked it, and we have varying tastes. The person who suggested it says that this is the first Sciascia that
May 05, 2009 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy, mystery
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.
Tyler Jones
Jan 03, 2012 Tyler Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A rather scathing commentary on the corruption and hypocracy of Sicilian society that is also a very good murder mystery with a twist ending to end all twist endings. How is this book not famous outside of Italy? It was as if Borges, Orwell and Agatha Christie got together and wrote a meta-physical-social-critical-whodunnit. What more could you ask for?
Lukasz Pruski
May 09, 2015 Lukasz Pruski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A faint shadow of suspicion is cast upon a young woman's honor; maybe, just maybe, she talked to a married man too many times. Eventually, the suspicion proves to be unfounded and the woman is clearly not guilty of anything. Yet the family name was - however fleetingly and mistakenly - connected to possible wrongdoing, so the family has no other choice but to punish the woman, and she is "silently, steadily, diligently" beaten by her relatives. This is the world of Leonardo Sciascia's "To Each H ...more
Jan 22, 2013 Radwa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 14, 2016 Roberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Facciamo ciò che è giusto o ciò che conviene?

Un giallo ambientato in Sicilia. I protagonisti sono: disonestà, finzione, furbizia, compromesso, omertà.

Chi non si adegua, o semplicemente cerca di fare ciò che è giusto e non ciò che conviene, è un "cretino", uno stupido ed è giusto che ne paghi le conseguenze.

Ecco cosa ci racconta Sciascia qui, con sapienza: che ciò che differenzia buona parte degli italiani dal resto del mondo è un modo di pensare e comportarsi volto principalmente al tornaconto p
May 12, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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'
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NYRB Classics: To Each His Own, by Leonardo Sciascia 1 5 Oct 30, 2013 08:53PM  
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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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