To Each His Own
by Leonardo Sciascia, introduction by W.S. Di Piero, translated from the Italian by Adrienne Foulke
This letter is your death sentence. To avenge what you have done you will die. But what has Manno the pharmacist done? Nothing that he can think of. The next day he and his hunting companion are both dead.The police investigation is inconclusive. However, a modest high school teacher with a literary bent has noticed a clue that, he believes, will allow him to trace the killer. Patiently, methodically, he begins to untangle a web of erotic intrigue and political calculation. But the results of his amateur sleuthing are unexpected—and tragic. To Each His Own is one of the masterworks of the great Sicilian novelist Leonardo Sciascia—a gripping and unconventional detective story that is also an anatomy of a society founded on secrets, lies, collusion, and violence.
What is the mafia mentality? What is the mafia? What is Sicily? When it comes to the exploration of this particular hell, Leonardo Sciascia is the perfect Virgil.
— Gore Vidal
This graceful piece of storytelling is in fact a savagely expressed cry of despair....At once moving and horrifying.
— The New Yorker
Perhaps the best of [recent Italian novelists] is Leonardo Sciascia .... [Sciascia] has such deep roots in his native island that his books .... seem to have written themselves out of family recollections, the reminiscences and gossip exchanged in the piazza .... His incandescent hatred of evil, his love of liberty and reason shine through his tranquil, spare prose.
Like an oracle, Scascia was eloquent and brooding, fierce but delicately paradoxical.
— The Nation