Andrea Camilleri – La piramide di fango / The Pyramid of Mud

lapiramidedifangoIn Una lama di luce we left Montalbano and Livia stunned by the death of François, the central character in Il Ladro di merendine, the little boy that Livia had wanted to adopt. Livia is still in Boccadasse and pours out her sorrows in long phone conversations with Salvo. Then one gloomy morning a call from Fazio interrupts Montalbano’s nightmare and draws him into a new investigation. It has been raining hard in Vigàta for several days. The storms have caused floods that have swamped houses and land, creating a sea of mud. A man called Giugiù Nicotra has been found dead on a building site. He is half naked and has been shot in the back. He had fled into a kind of tunnel formed by some large pipes meant for the water mains. The investigation gets off to a slow start, but all the evidence points to the world of building sites and public contracts. A world just as slimy and impenetrable as the mud on the building sites.

As he wades through this muddy world in which builders, construction firms and public officials thrive, Montalbano is obsessed by one thought: that by going to die in the tunnel Nicotra had been trying to communicate something.

Andrea Camilleri was born in Porto Empedocle in 1925.

He worked as a theatre, television and radio director and scriptwriter.

He has been a  playwright, an essayist, a professor of theatre studies, and a producer for Italy’s state-owned television network (RAI).

In 1978 he published his first novel, The Way Things Go, and since then he has never stopped writing, publishing more than 90 volumes, including historical novels, crime novels and political essays.

The first story featuring his main character, Inspector Salvo Montalbano, a fictional Sicilian police detective, was published in 1994 under the title “The Shape of Water”.

In the last 21 years he has written 24 Montalbano books, all published by Sellerio, which have reached the top of the bestseller lists in Italy and in Europe.

His books have sold almost 25 million copies in Italy and 15 million copies abroad, and have been translated into more than 32 languages.

Montalbano has become one of the most popular screen heroes in Italian cultural history, and the TV series has been sold and broadcast in 63 countries.

Andrea Camilleri has won numerous prestigious literary awards in Italy and in Europe, including the Premio Pepe Carvalho, the Festival del Noir BC Negra, the Crime Writer’s Association International Dagger, the Premio Internacional de Novela Negra, and the Cité de Paris.

Sellerio

La memoria

272 pages

14 euros

EAN 978 88389 31918

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