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Andrea Calogero Camilleri 

Porto Empedocle on 6 September 1925

Rome, 17 July 2019



The Father Joseph was Inspector of the port companies who participated in the March on Rome. 

By the late ' 40 lives in Rome and from 1968 he spends a few months a year in Bagnolo, in the municipality of Santa Fiora in the territory of Monte Amiata in Tuscany, much to receive in September 2014 from this joint nomination of honorary citizen.  

He attended the liceo classico Empedocle Agrigento where in 1943 he graduated without taking exams, because of the bombing and the allied landings. Camilleri speaks of a kind of half-circumnavigation of Sicily on foot or on German and Italian trucks under a continuous shooting for which you had to throw himself to the ground, get dirty with dust, blood, fears. He enrolled in ' 44 in literature and philosophy, but never graduated, and subsequently to the PCI. He began writing poems and stories and get a finalist for the Premio Saint Vincent. Between 1949 and 1952, he graduated from the Academy of dramatic art Silvio D'Amico, clenching his friendship with Luigi Vannucchi, Franco Graziosi and Alexander Salih. She continues to write short stories and poems to newspapers like The Socialist Italy and an hour from Palermo, and some of his poems are published in an anthology edited by Ungaretti. In 1958 in Rome at the Teatro dei Satiri enacts endgame, Beckett, then a television version with Adolfo Celi and Renato Rascel. Entering RAI in 1957, has not previously was hired because Communist, and the same year bride Rosetta Of Saito, with whom he has three daughters. From 1958 to 1965 and 1968 to 1970 taught at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome from 1977 to 1997 he holds the Chair of direction at the Silvio D'Amico National Academy of dramatic art '.Get much success with productions RAI, The adventures of Laura Storm, with Lauretta Masiero, and fiction with Lt. Sheridan, starring Ubaldo Lay, but also Investigations of Maigret, starring Gino Cervi, and in ' 68 he directed the teleromanzo LazarilloIn 1978 he debuted in fiction with the course of things written ten years earlier and published by a Publisher to payment with escrow to sue the Publisher in the titles of TV series based on the book, his hand over his eyes: is a failure. In 1980, he publishes with Garzanti a wisp of smoke, the first in a series of novels set in the fictional town of Vigata straddling the end of the 19th and the beginning of the twentieth century. Thanks to the latter work Camilleri received its first literary prize in Gela. Public in 1984, Sellerio, La strage dimenticata, without success. After twelve years of pause, resume writing, and between 1992 and 1993 Hunting season public and componeda bubbleWith the shape of water, in 1994 he published the first detective story with Dexter and the following year the Brewer of PrestonAlthough accused by critics of being repetitive, his books sell about 60,000 copies, reprinted several times. His books, written between 1995 and 2003, go like hot cakes, while the television series Man, played by Luca Zingaretti, make it a cult. At the end of 2002, accepts the appointment as Artistic Director of the Teatro Comunale Queen Margaret of Racalmuto, opened in February 2003 in the presence of the head of State, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. Always publishes with Sellerio, other novels starring Montalbano: in 2004 the patience of the spider, in March 2005 Untitled, in June 2005 The paper MoonDon't forget the novel il Re di Girgenti, set in the 17th century, entirely written in Sicilian interspersed with Spanish. Between 2006 and 2008, publishes five other novels whose protagonist Inspector Montalbano: La vampa d'agostothe wings of the Sphinx, The sandy slope, The potters field, age of the doubtThe 2009 begins with the novel La danza del gabbiano, winner in the same year of the 26th Edition of Cesare Pavese. Everyone at Sellerio in Memory, founded by Leonardo Sciascia. In 2010 in the same necklace out Montalbano's later novels, a treasure hunt and the smile of Angelica, who is accompanied by a third novel, mums, published by Minimun faxWritten together with Carlo Lucarelli in the form "letters" already successfully tested talking Pato's death, the novel was first seen Dexter interact with another investigator literary, Inspector Grace Negro, created by Lucarelli. In 2008 publishes The grey suit and The Tollbooth, the second of a trilogy of novels, the first of which is the novel Maruzza MusumeciFor the first time, in 2008, publish to the web, the online daily Agrigento News publishes his narrative, rear window, starring always Montalbano. The same year he won the Premio Internacional De novela Negra RBA, with an unprecedented in Spanish entitled La muerte de Amalia Sarcedote, released later in Italy under the title La rizzagliataHe also writes novels dedicated to the great painters, for Mondadori The color of the Sun (Caravaggio ), Skira La Vucciria ( Guttuso ) and Skira, the novel set in his Agrigento, the sky stolenDossier RenoirFor Rizzoli, in 2009, she published the novel Pirandello The triple life of Salina, Sellerio grandson Negus and at Mondadori the blink rateWith Edoardo De Angelis and Franco Battiato, in 2001, works for the song Pang album Salt of SicilyAlso among the artists who collaborate in the album T. C. H. Daniele Silvestri, Camilleri. In the same year he was awarded the Premio Fondazione Il CampielloUntil now Camilleri has been translated into at least 120 languages  (including English, French, German, Spanish, Brazilian, Irish, Russian, Hungarian, Polish, Greek, Japanese, Hebrew, Croatian ) and has sold more than 10 million copies. Her particular language, is a combined between Italian and Sicilian. After an initial period devoted to poetry, is interested in the theater until, having decided to represent his plays in his own words, he realized that they cannot speak Italian in works of great scope and so he ceased to write in ways that prose. His language was formed when, seeing his dying father, he wanted to tell a story that he would like to publish but that wasn't able to compose in Italian: it was his father to suggest they write it as he had told him. But wanting to be understood by everyone, he preferred to adopt a balanced language, where the dialect terms had the same quality and significance, the same resonance of the Italian ones. She starred in the movies of Rocco Mortelliti, the strategy of the maskEven has a cameo appearance in December 2013, 2994 number 16 of Mickey Mouse, Mickey Mouse and the promise of the catStory set in Sicily where Mickey Mouse helps the Commissioner TopalbanoOn 29 January 2009 decides to enter politics expected to mark the "party without party" along with Antonio Di Pietro and Paolo Flores D'arcais to take part in the European elections of 2009 but on 12 March of that year it was announced the lack of agreement among the three. In 2013, along with other celebrities launches a collection of signature with the help of Micro Mega with the intention of not joining the Senate Silvio Berlusconi for a matter of conflict of interest by law 361 of 1957, recovering to more the initiative already in 1994 and in 1996 by another Committee of characters and concluded with the unfavourable opinion of the election of the Chamber of Deputies. On 5 June 2013, during the presentation in a television program about his book, how I feel, expressed some of his remarks on Italian political establishment; his opposition to the Government, and to the re-election of the head of State Giorgio Napolitano. Expressed its support for the Tsipras list for the European elections of 2014, only to withdraw it to internal controversies.





The permanent theatres in Italy (1898-1919), 1959

The course of things, 1978

A wisp of smoke, 1980

La strage dimenticata, 1984

The hunting season, 1992

The Bull of componenda, 1993

The Brewer of Preston, 1995

Il gioco della mosca, 1995

The granting of the phone, 1995

La mossa del cavallo, 1999

The disappearance of Pato, 2000

Biography del figlio cambiato, 2000

Tales of sunset, 2000

Daily Stories, 2001

Gocce di Sicilia, 2001

Il Re di Girgenti, 2001

The words told. Small dictionary of terms plays, 2001

Noah's umbrella. Memories and conversations on theatre, 2002

The Palm Line. Saverio Lodato fa tell Andrea Camilleri, 2002

The Commissioner's investigations Collura, 2002

La presa di Macallè, 2003

Historical novels and civilians, 2004

Untitled, 2005

The Medallion, 2005

The Devil. Tempter. In love, 2005

Too many misunderstandingsCrimes, 2005

Pension Eva, 2006

Vi racconto Montalbano. Interviews, 2006

Selected pages of Luigi Pirandello, 2007

The colour of the Sun, 2007

The sheep and the Shepherd, 2007

La novella di Antonello di Palermo. A story that could not enter the Decameron, 2007

You do not know. Friends, enemies, the mafia, the world in 2007, Bernardo Provenzano's pizzini

Maruzza Musumeci, 2007

The eye and memory: Porto Empedocle, 1950

The grey suit, 2008

The signalman, 2008

 The Vucciria, 2008

La muerte de Amalia Sacerdote, 2008

The triple life of Salina, 2008

One Saturday, with friends, 2009

The rattle, 2009

The man is strong, in Article 1. Stories about work, 2009

The sky stole. Renoir, 2009 dossier

La rizzagliata, 2009

Italian winter2008 – 2009 angrily Chronicles, 2009 

An Honorable Sicilian. The parliamentary interpellations by Leonardo Sciascia, 2009

Troppu trafficu ppi members, 2009

The granddaughter of Negus, 2010

The blink rate, 2010

Our head. 2009 – 2010 angrilyChronicles, 2010

The currency of Akragas, 2010

Gran Circo Taddei and other stories of Vigàta, 2011

La setta degli Angeli, 2011

The plaque, 2011

Ghosts, 2011

The judge SurraJudges, 2011

The devil, certainly, 2012

The Queen of Pomerania and other stories of Vigàta, 2012

Inside the labyrinth, 2012

The prafull, 2013

The revolution of the Moon, 2013

What I think-some things you have inside your head, 2013

Magaria, 2013

The band Lot, 2013

The tales of Nene, 2013

The creature of desire, 2013

Chasing a shadow, 2014

Women, 2014

The report, 2014

The l framework of wonders-Written for theatre, radio, music, cinema, 2015 

The flying Viking and other love stories to Vigàta, 2015



Series of Montalbano


The shape of water, 1994

Il cane di terracotta, 1996

Il ladro di merendine, 1996

La voce del violino, 1997

Un mese con Montalbano, 1998

Gli arancini di Montalbano, 1999

Fifteen days of Montalbano, 1999

Excursion to Tindari, 1997

The scent of the night, 2001

La paura di Montalbano, 2002 

Storie di Montalbano, 2002

The turning point, 2003

The patience of the spider, 2004

The first survey of Montalbano, 2004

Paper Moon, 2005 

La vampa d'agosto, 2006 

The wings of the Sphinx, 2006

The sandy slope, 2007

The Potter's field, 2008

Inspector Montalbano. The first investigations, 2008 (Contains: the shape of water; the terracotta dog; the snack thief

The age of doubt, 2008

Tales of Montalbano, 2008

La danza del gabbiano, 2009

Three more investigations, for il commissario Montalbano, 2009 ( Contains: the voice of the violin;Excursion to Tindari; The scent of the night 

The treasure hunt, 2010

Water in the mouth, 2010

Angelic smile, 2010

The game of mirrors, 2010  

Other cases for inspector Montalbano, 2011

A blade of light, 2012

A voice in the night, 2012

Three investigations to Vigàta, 2012

A special dinnernew year's Eve in yellow, 2012

A nest of vipers, 2013

Night of August, in mid-August in yellow, 2013

The pyramid of mud, 2014

Death in the open sea and other surveys of the young Man, 2014

The carousel of trade, 2015

The other end of the line, 2016

The four Christmases of Tridicino, 2016

The safety net, 2017

Riccardino (previously unreleased)




Camilleri law Montalbano, 2002

Un filo di fumo, 2006

The granddaughter of Negus, 2010




In 2015 the Literary student association "ink" Mouthfuls, the Literary Salon of the Bocconi University of Milan, at the initiative of students, acknowledged the "Dante d'Oro" for the complete works.

In 2014 received in Barcelona the IX Prize Pepe Carvalho, the protagonist of the Spanish writer Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, from whose surname Camilleri drew his Commissioner.


In 2011 he was awarded the Premio Fondazione Il Campiello.


In 2010 he received the Premio letterario Piero Chiara


In 2009 with the book the dance of the gull won the 26th Edition of the literary prize Cesare Pavese


In 2009 he received the halberd of gold for literature prize "city of Trieste".


In 2008 he won the Premio Internacional de Novela Nigra with the crime novel in Spanish La muerte de Amalia Sacerdote.


In 2007 received the ' Premio la Tore Elba, then assigned to Vitali, sea, Cazzullo and Nava, among others.


In 2003 he received the Premio Vittorio De Sica in the culture section; on 20 January of that year had already obtained the Premio letterario Racalmare Leonardo Sciascia throughout his literary production.


In 1997 with the book Il cane di terracotta won the 11th edition of the literary award. Its numerous literary works have made him deserving also of several honorary degrees.





Argentine writer Carlos Salem has paid tribute to fellow Sicilian calling "Andres Camillèr" a character of his novel Naked is death.

In 2014 is sent on Rai 1 a documentary film about the life of writer named Andrea Camilleri, the master without rules.