THE KNIGHT AND DEATH – Novel by Leonardo Sciascia

The truth at the bottom of a well

It was inaugurated in 1847, but the novi cannola fountain is still an admirable architectural work. This Racalmuto fountain is fed by a stream whose waters were channeled downstream of the town. In its vicinity, the necropolis of the Stefano district preserves more than one hundred tombs excavated in the open air in the rock, and dating back to the 5th century AD. At 300 m to the North West, the remains of a Roman villa were also found. A bronze statue, which represents a man while walking, reminds you that the writer Leonardo Sciascia was born in this city.

At school, his passion for pencils, pens, paper and ink emerged. From the age of eight, a hundred publications had already enriched his desire to read. Born in Racalmuto in 1921, Leonardo Sciascia had spent his childhood with his grandfather and aunts, which is why that memory will often recur in his interviews that revealed the link with that Sicily. He met Vitaliano Brancati, destined to become his model of writer, while with Giuseppe Granata he discovered the illuminists and American literature. It was his strong belief that the security of power was based on citizens’ insecurity.

In 1941, he became an elementary teacher, worked on the storage of wheat and got to know the peasant world of Racalmuto. In 1952, he published short prose texts, as well as a collection of poems. In 1961, arrive Il Giorno della Civetta, a novel about the Mafia that will bring Leonardo Sciascia a great celebrity. To each his own, is his book from 1966, followed the following year by the Death of the Inquisitor. He moved to Palermo and in summer, he returned to Racalmuto to write. A few months before he died he published A futura memoria. He died in Palermo on a day in November 1989, but his body was buried at the entrance to the Racalmuto cemetery. We love to remember him with some of his beautiful words that remind us of the value of truth: The truth is in the bottom of a well: she looks in a well and sees the sun or the moon; but if you throw yourself down there is no more sun or moon, there is truth.

Page after page, reading you will discover the existence of the children of the eighty-nine. In the mind of the protagonist of the novel, a police commissioner, the story of a ticket exchanged between two people unfolds. The assassination of one of the two followed the police investigation. Police Inspector Vice focuses his mind on Dürer’s engraving entitled The Knight, Death and the Devil. From one office to another, that imagination seems to keep a great secret around him, where devils are so tired that they let men do everything. The Knight and Death

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