The Moro Affair

The Moro Affair

And the Mystery of Majorana

By Leonardo Sciascia; Sacha Rabinovitch (Translator); Peter Robb (Introduction by)

New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590170830, 175pp.

Publication Date: May 31, 2004


On March 16, 1978 Aldo Moro, a former Prime Minister of Italy, was ambushed in Rome. Within three minutes the gang killed his escort and bundled Moro into one of three getaway cars. An hour later the terrorist group the Red Brigades announced that Moro was in their hands; on March 18 they said he would be tried in a "people's court of justice." Seven weeks later Moro's body was discovered in the trunk of a car parked in the crowded center of Rome.

The Moro Affair presents a chilling picture of how a secretive government and a ruthless terrorist faction help to keep each other in business.

Also included in this book is "The Mystery of Majorana," Sciascia's fascinating investigation of the disappearance of a major Italian physicist during Mussolini's regime.

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.

Peter Robb has divided his time among Brazil, southern Italy, and Australia for the last quarter century. He is the author of "A Death in Brazil, Midnight in Sicily "and" M: The Man Who became Caravaggio, " which was a "New York Times Book Review" Notable Book of the Year.

Praise For The Moro Affair

"A brilliant examination of the nature of rhetoric and power."
Sunday Times (London)

"A posthumous tribute to a politician whose compromising, deal-making politics Sciascia had always abhorred."
— Adrian Lyttleton

"The Moro Affair is Sciascia’s burning, obsessive effort to make sense of Moro’s fate."
The Nation