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Book Title: La prima indagine di Montalbano|
The author of the book: Andrea Camilleri
Date of issue: 2004
ISBN 13: 9788804529835
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I had previously read only the title story in a one story volume. (About 125 pages.)
So you can imagine that the remaining pages and other 20 stories comprises a large element of this more complete book.
The other great aspect is that we have an introduction from the author himself about his writing and how he captures his detective and what he writes.
The work of the translater, Stephen Sartarelli, also deserves special mention s he brings a real humanityto the work and where Italian doesn't quite have an English equivalent there is a glossary at the back of the book.
The interesting thing is if like me you are a fan of all things Montalbano you will have come across some of these stories in the TV production: The Artist's Touch; Montalbano's Croquettes and The Goldfinch & The Cat. Plus other tales seem to have been woven into Young Montalbano's TV series.
Although police procedurals they centre on Inspector Montalbano; his frailties, lack of sleep, love of fine cuisine and literature. However, above all the stories are about his relationships with all he meets from his Lover to the people he questions and underpined by those whom he works with.
Humour abounds and there are running jokes in his work. A loathing for paperwork, Caterella's incompetence from mispronouncement of people's names to banging the Chief's door and the frustration Montalbano has for his seniors.
This is an excellent collection to revise your joy and love of Camilleri's writing or to become hooked upon these stories for the first time. There are so many books to discover and explore a new reader will be in fiction heaven.
For me #20 now beckons - who ever said reading wasn't any fun?
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Read information about the authorAndrea Camilleri (born september 6, 1925 in Porto Empedocle) is an Italian writer. He is considered one of the greatest Italian writers of both 20th and 21st centuries.
Originally from Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Camilleri began studies at the Faculty of Literature in 1944, without concluding them, meanwhile publishing poems and short stories. Around this time he joined the Italian Communist Party.
From 1948 to 1950 Camilleri studied stage and film direction at the Silvio D'Amico Academy of Dramatic Arts, and began to take on work as a director and screenwriter, directing especially plays by Pirandello and Beckett. As a matter of fact, his parents knew Pirandello and were even distant friends, as he tells in his essay on Pirandello "Biography of the changed son". His most famous works, the Montalbano series show many pirandellian elements: for example, the wild olive tree that helps Montalbano think, is on stage in his late work "The giants of the mountain"
With RAI, Camilleri worked on several TV productions, such as Inspector Maigret with Gino Cervi. In 1977 he returned to the Academy of Dramatic Arts, holding the chair of Movie Direction, and occupying it for 20 years.
In 1978 Camilleri wrote his first novel Il Corso Delle Cose ("The Way Things Go"). This was followed by Un Filo di Fumo ("A Thread of Smoke") in 1980. Neither of these works enjoyed any significant amount of popularity.
In 1992, after a long pause of 12 years, Camilleri once more took up novel-writing. A new book, La Stagione della Caccia ("The Hunting Season") turned out to be a best-seller.
In 1994 Camilleri published the first in a long series of novels: La forma dell'Acqua (The Shape of Water) featured the character of Inspector Montalbano, a fractious Sicilian detective in the police force of Vigàta, an imaginary Sicilian town. The series is written in Italian but with a substantial sprinkling of Sicilian phrases and grammar. The name Montalbano is an homage to the Spanish writer Manuel Vázquez Montalbán; the similarities between Montalban's Pepe Carvalho and Camilleri's fictional detective are remarkable. Both writers make great play of their protagonists' gastronomic preferences.
This feature provides an interesting quirk which has become something of a fad among his readership even in mainland Italy. The TV adaptation of Montalbano's adventures, starring the perfectly-cast Luca Zingaretti, further increased Camilleri's popularity to such a point that in 2003 Camilleri's home town, Porto Empedocle - on which Vigàta is modelled - took the extraordinary step of changing its official denomination to that of Porto Empedocle Vigàta, no doubt with an eye to capitalising on the tourism possibilities thrown up by the author's work.
In 1998 Camilleri won the Nino Martoglio International Book Award.
Camilleri now lives in Rome where he works as a TV and theatre director. About 10 million copies of his novels have been sold to date, and are becoming increasingly popular in the UK and North America.
In addition to the degree of popularity brought him by the novels, in recent months Andrea Camilleri has become even more of a media icon thanks to the parodies aired on an RAI radio show, where popular comedian, TV-host and impression artist Fiorello presents him as a raspy voiced, caustic character, madly in love with cigarettes and smoking (Camilleri is well-known for his love of tobacco).
He received an honorary degree from University of Pisa in 2005.
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