Literature

Crimes in Context: The Montalbano Novels

A proud Sicilian, a literary enthusiast (favourite authors include Georges Simenon and fellow Sicilian Luigi Pirandello), an introvert, a commitment-phobe, a sceptic, a glutton, a hater of bureaucracy and modernity, an occasional bully, middle-aged and afraid of getting older, Salvo Montalbano, police station chief, is Andrea Camilleri’s most popular fictional character. When Camilleri wrote his first Montalbano novel, The Shape of Water, in 1994 (translated into English in 2002), he wanted his detective book to be different from others in the genre by including aspects of the national and international culture in which Montalbano works. Thus the policies and scandals…

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