Thank you for the Company

Andrea Camilleri—the father of Commissario Montalbano died today aged 93. May he Rest In Peace, I will be always grateful for the great company his books provided me with. His books were constant companions during my summer vacations, and always added in my suitcase for my trips–they are not too thick–perfect for traveling. Camilleri once […]

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Montalbano’s Food and the Great Camilleri

Mr. Andrea Camilleri is the “father” of Inspector Montalbano, an Italian television series produced and broadcast by RAI since 1999. The protagonist is commissario (Commissioner) Salvo Montalbano, and the stories are set in the imaginary town of Vigàta, Sicily. The books might be difficult to read for some Italians as they are written in a […]

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The Other Timballo

In Italy there is a close relationship between food and literature. Camilleri described a Timballo in one of his books, but Tomasi di Lampedusa also talks about the Timballo in one unforgettable scene from the book The Leopard (Italian: Il Gattopardo); it is a novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa that chronicles the changes in […]

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Montalbano Timballo

Not too long ago I published my summer reading list Among all my books there was Camilleri‘s latest book about “Commissario Montalbano“. His books generated a very successful TV series about the adventures of this Police Chief from an idillic town in Sicily and his passion for good food. His books are translated into English […]

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Summer Reading List

What’s better than having a reading list and a lounge chair in the shade and a list of favorite books to read. Some books have been in the waiting list for some time. I do list a little too many, but I have my necessities. I only read books in their original language; I do […]

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