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Download ☆ Il giorno della civetta By Leonardo Sciascia – [BOOKS] ✯ Il giorno della civetta By Leonardo Sciascia – Leonardo Sciascia pubblicò uesto romanzo nel 1961 Allora nelle parole dell’autore stesso «sulla mafia esistevano degli studi studi molto interessanti classici addirittura esisteva una commedia di Leonardo Sciascia pubblicò uesto romanzo nel Allora nelle parole dell’autore stesso «sulla mafia esistevano degli studi studi molto interessanti classici addirittura esisteva una commedia di un autore siciliano che era un’apologia della mafia e nessuno che avesse messo l’accento su uesto problema in un’opera narrativa di largo consumo» La stessa parola mafia era usata Il giorno MOBI :ç con tutte le cautele e uasi di malavoglia Eppure noi sappiamo che proprio in uegli anni avveniva la radicale trasformazione che spostò la mafia dal mondo agrario a uello degli appalti delle commesse e di altre realtà «cittadine» non più regionali ma nazionali e internazionali Lo scrittore Sciascia irrompe dunue in uesta realtà come nominandola per la prima volta Basta leggere la pagina iniziale del Giorno della civetta per capire che essa finalmente cominciava a esistere nella parola Sciascia sottopose il testo a un delicato lavoro di limatura riducendolo ai tratti essenziali con l’arte del «cavare» e visto a distanza di anni tale lavoro si rivela più che mai un’astuzia dell’arte ui infatti Sciascia ha scoperto una volta per tutte uel suo inconfondibile modo di narrare che non si concede ambagi e volute ma fissa lo sguardo sempre e soltanto sulle nervature del significato fossero anche in un minimo gesto o dettaglio In uesto senso se Il giorno della civetta è diventato il romanzo più popolare di Sciascia è anche perché lo rappresenta in una forma che nel più piccolo spazio raggiunge la massima densità.

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  1. Glenn Russell Glenn Russell says:

    Dawn in a city suare a man in a dark suit is just about to jump on the running board of a bus when two earsplitting shots ring out The man slumps down shot dead So begins this masterfully crafted tale of murder and the world of mafia crime in 1950s Sicily by Italian novelist Leonardo Sciascia 1921 1989 The author was born and raised in Sicily and loved Sicily After publishing several works on the history and politics of Sicily Sciascia entered the world of crime – as a writer of crime fiction that is The Day of the Owl features an outsider from the North one Captain Bellodi member of the carabinieri Italy’s national military police responsible for both civilians and military Perhaps to be expected our detective hero Captain has an uphill battle both in solving the case and making the charges stick since after all he is in the homeland of the Sicilian mafia Anyway as the entire population appears to live by the code of conduct outlined in Machiavelli’s The Prince I will cite uotes from this classic text to highlight events in Sciascia's novel“For in truth there is no sure way of holding other than by destroying”Back at the station in conversation with Giuseppe Colasberna and others Colasberna brothers of the now shot dead Salvatore Colasberna Captain Bellodi outlines the possibility that if nine out of ten contractors are willing to pay for protection and the inside track on winning the best jobs doesn’t that make the one contractor unwilling to pay for such protection something of a black sheep a challenge and a bad example that must be brought into the fold or wiped out? All the Colasberna brothers firmly deny knowing anything about what he is talking about Thus the good Captain is given a taste of the mafia’s power in Sicily – even if your very own brother is shot you will keep your mouth shut“Men will not look at things as they really are but as they wish them to be—and are ruined”The Captain asks the passengers who were on the bus what they saw that morning when a man was shot They all say the windows were so steamy they looked like frosted glass The driver tells him all his attention was focused straight ahead as he was driving The conductor was looking down taking tickets The Captain asks the fritter seller who was no than ten yards away from the shooting His reply “Has there been a shooting?”“Therefore it is necessary to be a fox to discover the snares and a lion to terrify the wolves”The sly slick slippery ever dangerous ever threatening ex convict Calogero Dibella is a collector for the mafia and an informer for the police a man who must use his wits on the razor's edge to survive day to day He keeps telling people who owe him money in a joking way of course that he left his jacket at prison and if he has to kill someone he could finally go back to prison and fetch it“There is nothing important than appearing to be religious”Here is a uote from a high ranking politician Honorable Member Livigni who is continually seen meeting with members of the mafia I am accused of being associated with members of the mafia and so with the mafia itself But I assure you that I have never yet been able to find out what the mafia is or even if it exists I give you my word with the clear conscious of a good Catholic and a citizen that I have never met one member of the mafia“Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception”Ah deception Turnabout is fair play One of the high points in the novel is when the crafty Calogero Dibella slips and lets drop a name that turns out to be just what our detective Captain needs He and two other carabinieri devise a masterful plan to trap the criminals into confessing I reread this section several times; it's that juicy“He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command”Toward the end of the novel Captain Bellodi interviews mafia chief Don Mariano Words are exchanged; mutual respect is acknowledged Machiavelli’s uote fits each man like a finely made Italian glove I wouldn’t want to say anything specific to spoil such a well crafted detective novel so I will end by noting how the title The Day of the Owl is taken from Henry IV Part 3 as in how an owl is placid by day but a most effective hunter and predator by night Will night ever come to Sicily for Captain Bellodi this owl of the day? Again Machiavelli “It must be considered that there is nothing difficult to carry out nor doubtful of success nor dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things”This New York Review Books NYRB Classic is 120 pages and can be read in a day or two And what a read Highly recommended

  2. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    The Day of the Owl by Leonardo SciasciaThe first and the best known detective novel written by this Sicilian author starting in the 1960’s A man is shot early one morning while waiting for a bus No one sees anything but the bus driver says it all “They’ve killed him” We’re in a culture where the people consider the law “utterly irrational created on the spot by those in command” As we are told in one of the blurbs “everything works to keep the truth from coming out” Into this environment comes a young police captain from northern Italy who is used to “standard” police procedures In the end he solves the crime but justice will never be served because there will never be any witnesses to anything and anyone accused can uickly come up with an alibi sworn to by multiple people placing him anywhere he wants to have been at the time of the crime So we learn a bit about the culture in Sicily at that time folks struggle to eke out a leaving as peasants and smuggle cigarettes The landed gentry send their eldest son to the monastery to become educated and then skip out to become a layer There is no banking system other than borrowing at 100% interest and you absolutely pay every penny on time As soon as a woman reports her husband “missing” the police refer to her as “the widow” There’s a local saying Whoever becomes friends with a cop “can say goodbye to his wine and cigars” “Is there really a mafia?” is one theme It’s possible that the American style mafia operation at that time was “ developed” that that in Sicily It was easier to control are organization in specific neighborhoods in a limited number of urban areas in the US Rural disorganized Sicily with poor transportation poor communications and nothing to steal was another story There’s discussion that hiring a contract killer to come in from an outside town was something “we learned from America” We learn a bit about the differences between Italian and Sicilian almost a different language The chief detective sometimes needs an interpreter It also tells us a to to learn that Sicilian has a word “barruggieddu” that means “the evil of those in command” We are told that even Mussolini didn’t try to control the island and that folks felt they had liberty under fascism The author gives us occasional good writing “The day was cold and bright the country limpid trees fields and rocks gave an impression of gelid fragility as though a gust of wind or an impact would shatter them with a tinkle of breaking glass” The book is short – only about 110 pages so it is like a novella I enjoyed reading it but is this is his “best story” I think I’ll leave it at that Photos of Palermo in the 1950's and 1960's from Vintage Everyday at vintages

  3. Jacob Jacob says:

    'Do you believe in the mafia?' 'Well er' 'And you?' 'No I don't' 'Good man We two both Sicilians don't believe in the mafia'The Day of the Owl 33 34Violence A man has been murdered shot in broad daylight in the town suare of S as he tried to board the bus But who shot him and why? The police commanded by the newly appointed Captain Bellodi find no answers and all silence the bus driver naturally was looking at the road; the passengers could not see through fogged up windows a fritter seller standing mere feet away is reluctant to admit there was a shooting at all Was it a mafia killing? Mafia What mafia? This so called mafia a myth a fancy which only exists in the imagination of socialists and communists could not be responsible it must have been a crime of passion or a mistake orBut Bellodi refuses to take the hint and the many that follow and amid the silence and the secrets and to the annoyance of many respectable honorable people in positions of power and influence he investigatesLeonardo Sciascia is a fantastic writer and Archibald Coluhoun and Arthur Oliver are great translators and this book his first detective novel hits like a double dose of wolf shot Only 120 pages with very large font it's a uick read probably something to devour in a sitting or two although between work and Thanksgiving I spent a week on it And what a week Sciascia makes every page and every word count I kept pausing to savor his language and kept going back to reread passages; taking the extra days to postpone the ending was well worth it I've added Sciascia's other NYRB titles to my lists and some of his non NYRB titles too and I think I need to reread the stories in The Wine Dark Sea again because I definitely didn't appreciate them enough the first time around

  4. BrokenTune BrokenTune says:

    45 Mainlanders are decent enough but just don’t understand thingsI came across Sciascia when browsing through the Sicily travel guide last week which recommended The Day of the Owl alongside Lampedusa's The Leopard as uintessential Sicilian reads The Day of the Owl begins with a murder that takes places in broad daylight in a town suare There is an abundance of witnesses but nobody claims to have seen anything or know anything significant that could lead the police to the killerAnd so the investigation led by a Northerner begins to unravel the complicated net of obligation honor and lies that surrounds the killing and tries to describe the organisation of the mafia at a time when its existence was still being denied and kept out of public view Sciascia wrote this in 1961 8 years before Puzo would publish The Godfather and although the novella is only 100 pages in length it has the depth of a full length novel and leaves behind an unsettling notion of how big an influence the organisation must have had or still has? on the lives of people who are surrounded by the web of silence and obligations This was a fascinating read

  5. Bill Bill says:

    Carabinieri Captain Bellodi investigates the shooting death of a contractor boarding a crowded bus in this police procedural set in a small village in post war Sicily He is not from around these parts as the saying goes and skillfully follows the evidence to build a strong case against several mafiosi in a society that has not officially acknowledged that the Mafia is anything but a myth concocted by communists and socialists to discredit men of honor As Bellodi's inuiries proceed we overhear conversations among unidentified powerful men outraged at the direction and progress of the investigationI was pulled into this exploration of Sicilian sociology and politics through the medium of a crime novel immediately and intrigued to learn that Sciascia devoted his life to exposing the corruption at the heart of his beloved homeland I look forward to reading of his work

  6. [P] [P] says:

    It is an often expressed opinion that overtly political novels become dated very uickly; in fact I read just that the other day in relation to Midnight in the Century by Victor Serge Things change is I think the general idea Yet while there may be some aspects of political fiction that if you were not around at the time or you’re not an expert on the subject will be confusing or seem alien to your experience of the world I do not accept that this means that it is unable to resonate with you Yes things do change but one thing that doesn’t change is humanity As far as I am concerned behind all political systems ideologies and conflicts are pretty basic universal human motivations such as greed and a desire for power So for me political novels or the good ones anyway which would include the work of Leonardo Sciascia are as much a study of humanity as anything elseSciascia’s Il giorno della civetta or in English The Day of the Owl is a short literary crime novel that deals with multiple murders in Sicily Italy It starts uite literally with a bang as Salvatore Colasberna the owner of a small construction company is gunned down while running for a bus The first hint that things are not going to be easy for those charged with investigating the crime is when the passengers on the bus flee before the Carabinieri Italy’s national military police arrive and the conductor and driver play dumb when uestioned Something has them spooked That something becomes clear if it isn’t already when the weapon used in the murder turns out to be a lupara or sawed off shotgun the kind traditionally used by Mafia hitmenWhat is strange about Sciascia’s novel is that the point at which all the tension goes out of the work is when it becomes most compelling What I mean by this is that you know especially if you have read any of his other novels that as soon as the Mafia are fingered or at least suspected as the perpetrators of the crime that they will not be punished for it that people will be paid off or things will be covered up In an ordinary crime thriller the mystery the clues the pursuit and expectation of the eventual reward of seeing the bad guys getting their comeuppance are the things that pull you along; the reader is essentially manipulated in order to create excitement However The Day of the Owl pretty much dispenses with all that; as a mystery as a thriller it is a total anti climax The Mafia will not be brought to justice because well it’s the Mafia and they are powerful than the CarabinieriIn the absence of traditional crime thriller dynamics what The Day of the Owl becomes is a book about futility Bellodi the investigating captain is either naïve or an idealist He thinks that the people responsible for a crime ought to be punished for it; and he isn’t afraid to arrest and interrogate members of the Mafia The flaw in this admirable approach is that most people refuse to acknowledge that the organisation even exists Indeed throughout the novel it is described as the so called Mafia; the native Sicilians either due to a fear of reprisals or because of wanting to protect their own financial interests consider the Mafia to be akin to the loch ness monster; it is a myth a legend and even a borderline racist slur I found all this stuff fascinating How can you challenge something that does not exist? That is Bellodi’s biggest dilemmaIn this way The Day of the Owl like 1984 and many great Russian novels explores the nature of reality and truth; it shows how one’s understanding one’s experience of those two things – reality and truth – are not as concrete as many people believe If you have read my other reviews you will know that this is something that plays on my mind uite a lot As far as I am concerned there is no reality or no concrete unchangeable unchallengeable reality merely perception and interpretation; what you are told what you are allowed to see that is your reality Further not only are many of the characters in Sciascia’s novel keen to disparage the idea that there is such a thing as the Mafia they are eually keen in an act of misdirection to blame the murders and in fact nearly all murders on affairs of the heart Indeed Bellodi is criticised at the end of the novel for ignoring this possibility and instead going in search of a mythical bogey man The key point is of course that the murders are not affairs of the heart; but if the police politicians and the media push that interpretation then that is in a sense what they become It may not be exactly the same thing but this put me in mind of recent articles about manipulation of statistics in this country about how a crime is only a crime or only a certain kind of crime if the police actually decide that it isIn terms of Sciascia’s style it is mostly tough and straightforward but does also have lyrical moments It is not however in any way similar to the classic hardboiled noir of Chandler or Hammett or even Simenon but that for me makes a refreshing change Also unlike the work of those famous authors there is no charismatic central character; in fact there really isn’t any great character depth or development at all to the point that I was sometimes confused as to who was speaking as everyone is essentially interchangeable This is of course of a problem but not every writer is Tolstoy and besides I think the Italian would have himself admitted that character wasn’t really his concern He wanted to highlight what he saw as the problems facing Sicily and Italy as a whole with corruption and violence and avarice things that as I pointed out in my introduction are by no means particular to a certain time or place In this way Sciascia’s small potent anti thrillers are the cold showers that are sometimes needed in order to wake you up not only to what has happened in the past but what is still happening right now

  7. Tony Tony says:

    There's no subtlety here the darkness is named And the result is or less the same as the other Sciascia novels I've read Meaning view spoilerthe bad guys get away with it hide spoiler

  8. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    The Day of the Owl Sciascia's most famous work turned out to a pretty decent piece of crimedetective fiction about the Mafia It was well written with an intriguing plot and it also you feel doubles as a political statement Sciascia being passionate about his homeland but I found his short story collection 'The wine dark sea' the better book in terms of delivering an uncompromising portrait of Sicily Crime fiction fans would likely appreciate this than me as it's a genre I don't really read any

  9. Sofia Sofia says:

    In the coda Sciascia talks about the golden rule of writing of honing the story down to the essential at the same time leaving colour I love this this is good writing craft at work Where each word stands up to be counted and I the reader am not drowned in a barrage of words which leave me searching for what the author wants to saySo kudos to The Day of the Owl my first Sciascia A picture of being caught up between a rock and a tight place with no recourse whatsoever The Sicilians are masters of how to navigate these perilous waters until a wave comes a long and drowns them Have things changed? Hmm or is the change only a shuffling of the scenarios and the labels by which we call them

  10. Lyn Elliott Lyn Elliott says:

    I read this on a plane on the long haul from Australia to Malta Next is Sicily and Sciascia is part of the immersion reading I've been trying to do over the last few weeks in between endless resource books for new courses on tourism so my mind is buzzing with interconnecting threads and will no doubt buzz and over the next few weeksThe fact that Sciascia wrote his novels as a Sicilian who needed to survive in the world he wrote about sets them in a category of their own for me As he explains at the endsof the book he pared back and pared back what he had initially written until nobody and no town could be specifically identified He includes a pointedly wry disclaimer at the very end 'I was unable to write it with that complete freedom to which every writer is entitled Needless to say there is no character or event in this book which bears anything but a fortuitous resemblance to any real person or actual occurrence'Perhaps this has helped to create scenes in which the clever subtle minds of police mafia dons and mafia politicians are seen at work Although the outcome is inevitable we are left feeling that the ground under the corrupt has given way a little and that of the carabinieri strengthened maybe a little And the police captain has not succumbed to despair and depression as so many fictional detectives seem to do After a respite holiday at home in the north he positively wants to go back to SicilyRecommended I will read Sciascia

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