The Swan, by Sebastiano Vassalli

I enjoyed this book – one of those sort of novelisations of a slice of

history, on this occasion the Mafia in Sicily around the turn of the century (c19th, obviously), all set against the backdrop of socialist and fascist

unrest and the still regional nature of the newly unified Italy. Far from your usual Mafia tale of honourable men murdering each other, it instead

weaves a complex political portrait of the Mafia and of the Sicilian attitude towards it – less concerned perhaps with its links to organised crimes

than with those to mainstream politics.

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