Leonardo Sciascia (1921-1989) was born in Racalmuto, Sicily. Starting in the 1950s, he established himself in Italy as a novelist and essayist, and also as a controversial commentator on political affairs. Among his many other books are Salt on the Wound,
a biography of a Sicilian town, The Council of Egypt,
an historical novel, and Todo Modo,
a book in a genre that Sciascia could be said to have invented: the metaphysical mystery.