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The Intellectual as a Detective

From Leonardo Sciascia to Roberto Saviano


Angelo Castagnino

The Intellectual as a Detective: From Leonardo Sciascia to Roberto Saviano offers a fresh perspective on both Italian crime fiction and the role of the intellectual in Italian society. By analyzing the characterization of men of culture as investigators, this book addresses their social commitment in a period that goes from the Sixties to today. The connection it establishes between fiction and real life makes this book an interesting addition to the debate on crime literature and its social function in Italy. The detectives created by Sciascia, Eco, Pasolini, Saviano and other novelists foster a reflection on how the narrative aspect of characterization has been used in connection with a historical perspective. Thanks to its broad scope, not limited to a single author, this book can be studied in undergraduate and graduate classes on the Italian detective novel, and it can be a helpful resource for scholars interested in characterization and the transforming figure of the intellectual in Italian society.
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Castagnino, Angelo.The Intellectual as a Detective: from Leonardo Sciascia to Roberto Saviano / Angelo Castagnino.pages cm. — (Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures; Vol. 227)Includes bibliographical references.1. Detective and mystery stories, Italian—History and criticism. I. Title.PQ4181.D4C379 853’.087209—dc23 2013042404ISBN 978-1-4331-2518-8 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4539-1379-6 (e-book)ISSN 0893-5963

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