About this book
Short stories by a Sicilian author cited by Louis De Bernieres as a major inspiration. "One of the major writers of the age" "TLS".
A collection of Sciascia's stories, brief and haunting: the realist tradition at its best. In one tale, a couple of men talk, cynically yet earnestly, about the etymology of the word 'mafia'; the reader comes to realise that he is eavesdropping on the mustings of a mafia boss and his underling.