Andrea Camilleri’s hundredth book Migrants are constantly arriving in Vigàta and the whole village is involved in helping. The commissario and his men are fully engaged. Then one night, while Montalbano is in the harbour investigating yet another tragedy… Continue Reading
‘In fact the detective novel is another way of writing history – through that fictitious chronicle which Inspector Montalbano always finds to be truer than reality’.
Salvatore Silvano Nigro Continue Reading
‘Impulsiveness and a readiness to flout the rules is much more evident in the young Montalbano; not that it’s entirely absent in the mature Montalbano: it’s not a question of him being born an arsonist and dying a firefighter. He remains an arsonist; it’s just that that aspect of his character becomes more nuanced in later life. The young Montalbano moves more quickly in his investigations than the mature Montalbano; maturity brings with it a need to be quite sure before he charges someone, whereas his young counterpart only needs to be 70% sure. But the essential and fundamental characteristic of both Montalbanos is that they have a speculative mind’.
Andrea Camilleri Continue Reading
‘You said a word just now – pyramid. And I remembered… Do you know that for a long time no one could get into Cheops’ pyramid because they didn’t know where the entrance was? Then somebody took a short-cut and made a hole in the wall. They hadn’t been authorized to do so by the guardians of the pyramid. But the hole made it possible for the guardians themselves, who until then had been kept out, to get inside.’ Continue Reading
‘Camilleri is not just a magician with plots. He is an alchemist of language, a manipulator of tongues, an inventor of forms.’
Salvatore Silvano Nigro, Il Sole 24 Ore
‘A son of both Boccaccio and Brancati, Camilleri has made sexuality and eroticism into an extraordinary picklock for forcing the secrets of the most private bourgeois life’.
Salvatore Ferlita, la Repubblica Continue Reading
‘I was following a shadow: a person with a difficult, elusive, changeable identity; mysterious, indecipherable’.
Leonardo Sciascia Continue Reading
‘I think this is a unique case, even in an Italian judicial history that is full of shameful episodes’.
Umberto Terracini Continue Reading
In this novel Camilleri pays homage to women, and to their extraordinary gifts of courage and determination. And he seems to hint at an important role in politics, where their exceptional abilities can be translated into concrete action for change. Continue Reading