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Il giorno della civetta by Leonardo Sciascia
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May 09, 2008

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This was another interesting Italian novel that reflects the reality of Sicilian life, inclusive of the corruption and secrecy of it people as a result of the Mafia's presence in the region. Sciascia was a mayor in Sicily, a deputy in the national assembly and later, a member of the European Parliament. Trained as a teacher, it was only later in life that he devoted himself to writing about Sicily and the Mafia.

This novel begins in a small town on a Saturday morning, a bus is about to leave the small square to go to the local market in a town nearby. A gun shot is heard and the figure running for the bus is shot twice in the back. It is discovered that it is a sawn-off shotgun used by the Mafia. The Captain from Parma gets on the case. Soon he discovers a link that doesn't stop in Sicily, but goes onwards towards Rome involving the Minister Mancuso and Senatore Livigno. It seems that the man shot had been warned that he should take protection from friends, which he refused; soon his construction firm was sabotaged and he had a warning bullet fired at him. Using faintly corrupt methods, Captain Bellodi traps one man and uses the names given by a dead informer to trap another, who has money stashed away in many bank accounts. The death of an eyewitness leads to the collapse of a case against all three, which sees Bellodi taken off the case and him getting sick.

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