The religious issue is pervasive in every piece of L.Sciascia and G.Ioannou literary works. They criticize, condemn, accept, and experience, they perpetually experience. They show a religious concern, torture, eroticism, in quest of the truth. The church and its representatives, its types and its power are everywhere and deeply concern us. What we are looking for is its real face, that is, the face that will not cause an aversion.
L. Sciascia is seeking God in art, in the mysteries of mind, in politics. He surrenders the body somewhere else. G. Ioannou also does the same thing with his body, love, and situations that are equally torturing and monastic.
They are writers with special temperaments, with memory and knowledge who stiflingly experienced the systems of that period, from a very tender age. They experienced, recorded, criticized, and condemned with responsibility the religious, social and political formations such as Sunday Schools, the Second World War, the Civil War in Greece and the big migratory wave in Italy respectively.
Palermo and Thessaloniki, the Italian South and the Greek North, Greece and Magna Grecia meet in the subways, in the complex places of the Catholic monasteries and in the rationalism of the Western Church, in the orthodox churches and also in the mystical forms of the Byzantine icons. Memory, religion and history are the materials of their art.
The research that follows is considered to be a first approach, an analysis of the modern religious reality and of the way in which this reality is filtered in literature, in an intercultural approach, by illuminating some of the aspects of the issue.