Leonardo Sciascia – Todo modo


A spider web in the empty space

A masterpiece including almost all of the major Sciascia’s poetics’ subjects , presented in a gloomy and disenchanted mood: God, the Mafia, culture, the devil, the relationships between art and power and between Christianity and Islam, Sicily as a symbol, the failure of any attempt to change. This is a representation of the sulfurous political power at the time of the Christian Democrats of Andreotti. “Ministers, deputies, professors, artists, financial experts, industrialists: what they usually call “the ruling class”. And what did they actually run? A spider web in the empty space, their own labile web. Yet made of golden threads”. And the character of Don Gaetano, the antagonist, is unforgettable.

Translation edited by Sara Di Girolamo