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An Ode to Sicily's Andrea Camilleri

Andrea Camilleri was one of the greatest Italian writers of all time. He was a magician of words and an amazing story teller who brought unusual in every crime novel he wrote. His books have been translated into more than 25 languages and made into the hit TV show “Commissario Montalbano”.  This post is nothing but a small ode to Sicily’s Andrea Camilleri- the greatest Italian writer of all.

An Ode to Sicily’s Andrea Camilleri

The Documentary: Montalbano and Me

I rarely delve into author’s lives as the books are somehow more important to me than the author. But with Camilleri, it has been different. I wanted to know more about him as soon as I read the first book. Camilleri’s habits, mindset, lifestyle etc are all part of his alterego- Montalbano. It is a treat knowing about the enigma who is a household name in Italy and has touched the lives of many!

A lot of which has been shown in the documentary Montalbano and Me.

Shot in Camilleri’s studio in Rome, the BBC documentary with English subtitles, covers many aspects of the author’s life such as his Sicilian upbringing, habits, reading, popularity etc. 

The author talks about his life and shows his reader a peek into his world. You’ll notice the gentler side of the great Camilleri who comes across as a very family oriented person. O

One of the loveliest recollection from the Documentary Montalbano & Me is when he tells the viewers of the time he had to live with his wife, mother and mother in law, all under the same roof! His studio, filled with books of his favorite authors- James Joyce and Luigi Pirandello, is gorgeous as well.

Throughout the documentary, Camilleri comes across as a very intelligent man who is extremely humble and down to earth.

Montalbano and Me is a must watch for Andrea Camilleri’s fans as it is a peek into Camilleri’s world. He lovingly speaks of his family and his favorite character- Inspector Montalbano! Camilleri is always seen holding a cigarette. 

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Montalbano and Me

Life of Andrea Camilleri

Andrea Camilleri lived in Rome (he passed away on July 17, 2019) but was originally from Porto Empedocle, Sicily. He was greatly inspired by his hometown and created the fictional town of Vigata` for the Inspector Montalbano books. 

The Montalbano series of crime fiction are much more than just novels, they are in fact Camilleri’s description of the Sicilian way of living. In these book, food prioritizes over everything else, sometimes more than solving a case!

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Conclusion

Montalbano & Me is a great watch if you’re a Camilleri fan. If you aren’t, you will be intrigued to know more about the author.  To know more about the English version of Camilleri’s books read this post.

Read Next:

Did you know Camilleri wrote the final book of the Montalbano series years back. It is now available in Italian. Check the link here. He took 5 years to write “The King of Girgenti”!

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  • Helene D'Souza (@MasalaHerb)
    December 26, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    I think so it’s the first time that I read about Andrea Camilleri. So his wife died before his mother and mother in law did? That must have been difficult. He is the same age as my grandfather and this generation has a lot to tell! I find him intriguing as well now. 🙂

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    • Ishita
      December 26, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      No his wife is still alive 😛 They were all living together under one roof. Yes very intriguing especially more when you read his books and realize his snarky humor.

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  • Anuradha Goyal
    December 24, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    I have found that authors usually have usual lives, but it is what they see makes them unusual. They see what we tend to miss most of the times.

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    • Ishita
      December 24, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      Very well put. I am intrigued by this man really.

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  • Andreas Moser
    March 25, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    I have only read “The Shape of Water” and I enjoyed it.
    I think you would also like the crime novellas by Leonardo Sciascia, also set in Sicily, a bit older, but with more literary ambition. Beautifully written!

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    • Ishita
      March 25, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you for recommending Andreas. I’m going to look it up!!

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  • priyankamahajan26
    February 1, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    nice post

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  • pamelaallegretto
    January 28, 2017 at 3:35 am

    Lovely tribute to an exceptional author!

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    • Ishita
      January 29, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Grazie mille Pamela

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  • afarawayhome
    January 21, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I don’t know about you, I eat my cannoli exceptionally quickly! Far too delicious to leave lying around…

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    • Ishita
      January 22, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      But when there are many I take time 😉 that’s what I meant

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  • Francesca
    January 20, 2017 at 6:16 am

    A lovely tribute.

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    • Ishita
      January 20, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      Grazie cara 🙂

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  • Francis
    January 19, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Excellent read – both Camilleri and your post.

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    • Ishita
      January 19, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Thank you Francis 🙂

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  • Darlene
    January 19, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    It is always nice to know more about a favourite author. He sounds amazing!

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    • Ishita
      January 19, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      I know right 🙂 love his books too

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