Two Italys

An Arid Heart

by Carlo Cassola, translated by William Weaver

Mafia Vendetta

by Leonardo Sciascia, translated by Archbald Colquhoun
If anyone wanted a proof that still today there are two Italys, the Italy of the automobile and the Italy of the donkey, he could do no better than read these novels together. Cassola writes about the north, the “middle-class” life of a calm, pleasure-seeking society; Sciascia about Sicily which …