The Moro Affair
by Leonardo Sciascia, introduction by Peter Robb, translated from the Italian by Sacha Rabinovitch
On March 16, 1978 Aldo Moro, a former Prime Minister of Italy, was ambushed in Rome. Within three minutes the gang killed his escort and bundled Moro into one of three getaway cars. An hour later the terrorist group the Red Brigades announced that Moro was in their hands; on March 18 they said he would be tried in a “people’s court of justice.” Seven weeks later Moro’s body was discovered in the trunk of a car parked in the crowded center of Rome.
The Moro Affair presents a chilling picture of how a secretive government and a ruthless terrorist faction help to keep each other in business.
Also included in this book is “The Mystery of Majorana,” Sciascia’s fascinating investigation of the disappearance of a major Italian physicist during Mussolini’s regime.
A brilliant examination of the nature of rhetoric and power.
— Sunday Times (London)
A posthumous tribute to a politician whose compromising, deal-making politics Sciascia had always abhorred.
— Adrian Lyttleton
The Moro Affair is Sciascia's burning, obsessive effort to make sense of Moro's fate.
— The Nation