The Day of the Owl

The Day of the Owl

By Leonardo Sciascia; Archibald Colquhoun (Translator); Anthony Oliver (Translator)

New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590170618, 136pp.

Publication Date: September 2003


A man is shot dead as he runs to catch the bus in the piazza of a small Sicilian town. Captain Bellodi, the detective on the case, is new to his job and determined to prove himself. Bellodi suspects the Mafia, and his suspicions grow when he finds himself up against an apparently unbreachable wall of silence. A surprise turn puts him on the track of a series of nasty crimes. But all the while Bellodi's investigation is being carefully monitored by a host of observers, near and far. They share a single concern: to keep the truth from coming out.

This short, beautifully paced novel is a mesmerizing description of the Mafia at work.

About the Author
Leonardo Sciascia (1921-1989) is considered a master of the metaphysical detective story. Peter Robb is the author of Midnight in Sicily. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

Anthony Oliver has worked in machine vision and robotics for 5 years with Big 3 automakers and other large manufacturers. He has written articles for Vision and Sensor Magazine, The online magazine H+, and given talks at Ignite Automotive and machine vision conferences.

Praise For The Day of the Owl

The most intelligent detective story I have ever read and the ideal introduction to Sciascia’s brilliant but little-known oeuvre.
— Thomas Wright, Daily Telegraph

The accessibility and beauty of Sciascia’s prose suggest he wanted it to be an antidote to the silent complicity and self-deception confronting both him and his heroes. When he wrote about crime, he was also writing about truth, solitude and belonging.
The Observer