Andrea Camilleri

BIRTHDAY6 September 1925
BIRTHPLACEPorto Empedocle

Andrea Camilleri was a Sicilian writer and screenwriter, a brilliant author who wrote fundamental pages of Italian literature. He was born in Porto Empedocle, in the province of Agrigento, the 6 September of 1925. For most of his life he lived in Rome, where he died on July 17, 2019.

He attended the Empedocle classical high school in Agrigento, but never took his high school graduation exam because of the impending landing in Sicily by Allied forces in '43.

Since 1949 Andrea Camilleri has worked at RAI as a production delegate, director and screenwriter; here he links his name to some of the best-known detective productions on Italian TV: the Lieutenant Sheridan and Commissioner Maigret TV shows. He is also involved in staging plays, with a focus on Pirandello.

As the years went by, he joined this activity with that of a writer. He wrote important "fictional" essays of Sicilian settings. After giving up work as a director/screenwriter, writing took over.

In 1978, he made his fiction debut with "The Course of Things," but success did not come.

In 1980 Garzanti published "Un filo di fumo" . It is the first in a series of novels set in the fictional Sicilian town of Vigàta in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The turning point came in 1992. Sellerio publishes "The Hunting Season," and Andrea Camilleri becomes a highly successful author. The works set in the Vigàta of yesteryear, from "Brewer of Preston" (1995) to "The Telephone Concession" (1999), are joined by the detective stories of today's Vigàta by Commissario Montalbano. Since 1999 Salvo Montalbano has landed on TV, with a hugely successful fiction.

Montalbano is the protagonist of novels (the first being "The Shape of Water," from 1994) and short stories that never abandon the Sicilian settings and atmosphere. The Commissioner's investigations, atmospheres and "Italian-Sicilian" language fascinate thousands of readers and television viewers.

Andrea Camilleri sketches a character beloved by the public and also a protagonist on television. Today, the places of Montalbano's fiction have become real "pilgrimage" destinations by many fans and curious people.

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