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.
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!
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.
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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”!