Good news for lovers of Italy and readers of mysteries! Italian author Andrea Camilleri’s Montalbano mysteries are now being translated into English by Stephen Sartarelli. Camilleri has a huge international following for his Sicilian mysteries featuring Inspector Montalbano a nonconformist policeman working in the fictional town of Vigata.
Detective Montalbano is as committed to finding the ultimate meal as he is to solving crime, though he tends to do both in spite of himself. These novels are peopled with eccentric characters who add life and often death to the mysteries to be solved. Andrea Camilleri’s humorous story-telling skills will keep you reading long after your bed-time.
Andrea Camilleri was born in 1925 in Sicily and has worked as a script editor and theater and TV producer. His first book “Il Corso delle Cose” was published in 1978. It was not until he started writing his Detective Montalbano mystery series 15 years later that he achieved commercial success.
The Montalbano series has been adapted for Italian television and the books have been translated into German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Japanese, Dutch Swedish and now English. He has sold more than 4 million copies in Europe.
The author’s note and his notes at the back of the book explaining terminology used in the book are almost as fun to read as the books themselves.
The Montalbano series is translated by Stephen Sartelli is a poet and translator. Books that have been translated into English include: The Shape of Water, The Terra-Cotta Dog, The Snack Thief, The Voice of the Violin and Excursion to Tindari.
Escape the winter blahs and transport yourself to warm and sunny Sicily by reading one of Andrea Camilleri’s Inspector Montalbano mysteries.