Inspector Montalbano
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Inspector Salvo Montalbano is a fictional character created by Italian writer Andrea Camilleri
Andrea Camilleri
Andrea Camilleri is an Italian writer.-Biography:Originally from Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Camilleri, began studies at the Faculty of Literature in 1944, without concluding them, meanwhile publishing poems and short stories.From 1948 to 1950 Camilleri studied stage and film direction at the Silvio...

 in a series of novels and short stories.

Set in the picturesque Sicilian town of Vigàta (modeled after Porto Empedocle
Porto Empedocle
Porto Empedocle is a town and comune in Italy on the coast of the Strait of Sicily, administratively part of the province of Agrigento. It is the namesake of Empedocles , a Greek pre-Socratic philosopher and a citizen of the city of Agrigentum , in his day a Greek colony in Sicily...

, Camilleri's home town), the fractious detective's character and manner encapsulate much of Sicilian mythology and astute detective work. The original books are written in a mix of Italian
Italian language
Italian is a Romance language spoken mainly in Europe: Italy, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican City, by minorities in Malta, Monaco, Croatia, Slovenia, France, Libya, Eritrea, and Somalia, and by immigrant communities in the Americas and Australia...

, strict Sicilian
Sicilian language
Sicilian is a Romance language. Its dialects make up the Extreme-Southern Italian language group, which are spoken on the island of Sicily and its satellite islands; in southern and central Calabria ; in the southern parts of Apulia, the Salento ; and Campania, on the Italian mainland, where it is...

, and a Sicilianized Italian.

The name Montalbano is a homage to the Spanish writer Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
Manuel Vázquez Montalbán was a prolific Spanish writer: journalist, novelist, poet, essayist, anthologue, prologist, humourist, critic, as well as a gastronome and a FC Barcelona supporter....

; the similarities between Montalbán's Pepe Carvalho
Pepe Carvalho
Pepe Carvalho is a fictional private detective, the protagonist of a series of novels written by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán.-The character:Carvalho has a rich, complex and contradictory personality. The author uses his adventures to describe, and in many instances criticize, the political and...

 and Camilleri's fictional detective are remarkable.
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Inspector Salvo Montalbano is a fictional character created by Italian writer Andrea Camilleri
Andrea Camilleri
Andrea Camilleri is an Italian writer.-Biography:Originally from Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Camilleri, began studies at the Faculty of Literature in 1944, without concluding them, meanwhile publishing poems and short stories.From 1948 to 1950 Camilleri studied stage and film direction at the Silvio...

 in a series of novels and short stories.

Set in the picturesque Sicilian town of Vigàta (modeled after Porto Empedocle
Porto Empedocle
Porto Empedocle is a town and comune in Italy on the coast of the Strait of Sicily, administratively part of the province of Agrigento. It is the namesake of Empedocles , a Greek pre-Socratic philosopher and a citizen of the city of Agrigentum , in his day a Greek colony in Sicily...

, Camilleri's home town), the fractious detective's character and manner encapsulate much of Sicilian mythology and astute detective work. The original books are written in a mix of Italian
Italian language
Italian is a Romance language spoken mainly in Europe: Italy, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican City, by minorities in Malta, Monaco, Croatia, Slovenia, France, Libya, Eritrea, and Somalia, and by immigrant communities in the Americas and Australia...

, strict Sicilian
Sicilian language
Sicilian is a Romance language. Its dialects make up the Extreme-Southern Italian language group, which are spoken on the island of Sicily and its satellite islands; in southern and central Calabria ; in the southern parts of Apulia, the Salento ; and Campania, on the Italian mainland, where it is...

, and a Sicilianized Italian.

The name Montalbano is a homage to the Spanish writer Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
Manuel Vázquez Montalbán was a prolific Spanish writer: journalist, novelist, poet, essayist, anthologue, prologist, humourist, critic, as well as a gastronome and a FC Barcelona supporter....

; the similarities between Montalbán's Pepe Carvalho
Pepe Carvalho
Pepe Carvalho is a fictional private detective, the protagonist of a series of novels written by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán.-The character:Carvalho has a rich, complex and contradictory personality. The author uses his adventures to describe, and in many instances criticize, the political and...

 and Camilleri's fictional detective are remarkable. Both writers make great play of their protagonists' gastronomic preferences.

Location

Inspector Montalbano lives and works in the fictional town of "Vigàta", in the equally fictional district of "Montelusa". Camilleri based Vigata on his home town of Porto Empedocle
Porto Empedocle
Porto Empedocle is a town and comune in Italy on the coast of the Strait of Sicily, administratively part of the province of Agrigento. It is the namesake of Empedocles , a Greek pre-Socratic philosopher and a citizen of the city of Agrigentum , in his day a Greek colony in Sicily...

, on Sicily's south-west coast, while Montelusa, the district headquarters, is based on Agrigento
Agrigento
Agrigento , is a city on the southern coast of Sicily, Italy, and capital of the province of Agrigento. It is renowned as the site of the ancient Greek city of Akragas , one of the leading cities of Magna Graecia during the golden...

. However the dramatizations of the Montalbano stories were mainly filmed at Ragusa, while the seaside and harbour locations were at Punta Secca
Punta Secca
Punta Secca is a small fishing village, a frazione in the Santa Croce Camerina comune, in Ragusa province, Sicily.The village has a lighthouse, a small port and an old watchtower, the . It dates from the 16th century and is next to the harbour.-The lighthouse:The Punta Secca lighthouse was built in...

 and Licata
Licata
Licata is a city and comune located on the south coast of Sicily, at the mouth of the Salso River , about midway between Agrigento and Gela...

.

TV series

RAI
RAI
RAI — Radiotelevisione italiana S.p.A. known until 1954 as Radio Audizioni Italiane, is the Italian state owned public service broadcaster controlled by the Ministry of Economic Development. Rai is the biggest television company in Italy...

 has since 1999 produced a television series based on the novels. Montalbano is played by Luca Zingaretti
Luca Zingaretti
Luca Zingaretti is an Italian actor, known for playing Salvo Montalbano in Il commissario Montalbano mystery series based on the character and novels created by Andrea Camilleri. Zingaretti is a native of Rome...

. The series is almost entirely shot in the Sicilian city of Ragusa, Italy
Ragusa, Italy
Ragusa is a city and comune in southern Italy. It is the capital of the province of Ragusa, on the island of Sicily, with around 75,000 inhabitants. It is built on a wide limestone hill between two deep valleys, Cava San Leonardo and Cava Santa Domenica...

, and surrounding towns.

"Excursion to Tindari" and "Montalbano's Croquettes" ("Gli Arancini di Montalbano") were first aired in the UK on BBC Four
BBC Four
BBC Four is a British television network operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation and available to digital television viewers on Freeview, IPTV, satellite and cable....

 in December 2008.
"Montalbano's Croquettes" was repeated in December 2010 and "Excursion to Tindari" in August 2011.

In Australia the television series was shown on Special Broadcasting Service
Special Broadcasting Service
The Special Broadcasting Service is a hybrid-funded Australian public broadcasting radio and television network. The stated purpose of SBS is "to provide multilingual and multicultural radio and television services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians and, in doing so, reflect...

 in Italian, subtitled in English by SBS staff. The DVD region code
DVD region code
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 Region 4 DVDs available were produced and subtitled by RAI
RAI
RAI — Radiotelevisione italiana S.p.A. known until 1954 as Radio Audizioni Italiane, is the Italian state owned public service broadcaster controlled by the Ministry of Economic Development. Rai is the biggest television company in Italy...

 Trade. Acorn Media UK will release a box set in the UK, featuring the episodes The Snack Thief, The Voice of The Violin, The Shape of Water and The Mystery of The Terracota Dog, in February 2012

Trivia

Camilleri's writings have enjoyed, and still enjoy, a huge popular success in Italy. Montalbano personifies Camilleri's writing style and is therefore at the core of this success, so much so that the evident resemblance between Porto Empedocle and Vigàta has prompted the city of Porto Empedocle to rename itself "Porto Empedocle Vigàta" since 2003.

Novels

  1. The Shape of Water
    The Shape of Water
    The Shape of Water is a 1994 novel by Andrea Camilleri, translated into English in 2002 by Stephen Sartarelli. It is the first novel in the internationally popular Inspector Montalbano series and the first of the RAI TV Montalbano films...

     — 2002 (La forma dell’acqua — 1994)
  2. The Terracotta Dog
    The Terracotta Dog
    The Terracotta Dog is a 1996 novel by Andrea Camilleri, translated into English in 2002 by Stephen Sartarelli. It is the second novel in the internationally popular Inspector Montalbano series....

     — 2002 (Il cane di terracotta — 1996)
  3. The Snack Thief
    The Snack Thief
    The Snack Thief is a 1996 novel by Andrea Camilleri, translated into English in 2003 by Stephen Sartarelli. It is the third novel in the internationally popular Inspector Montalbano series....

     — 2003 (Il ladro di merendine — 1996)
  4. The Voice of the Violin
    The Voice of the Violin
    The Voice of the Violin is a 1997 novel by Andrea Camilleri, translated into English in 2003 by Stephen Sartarelli. It is the fourth novel in the internationally popular Inspector Montalbano series....

     — 2003 (La voce del violino — 1997)
  5. Excursion to Tindari
    Excursion to Tindari
    Excursion to Tindari is a 2000 novel by Andrea Camilleri, translated into English in 2005 by Stephen Sartarelli. It is the fifth novel in the internationally popular Inspector Montalbano series, and, upon publication in English, was shortlisted for the CWA Duncan Lawrie International Dagger for...

     — 2005 (La gita a Tindari — 2000)
  6. The Scent of the Night
    The Scent of the Night
    The Scent of the Night is a 2001 novel by Andrea Camilleri, translated into English in 2005 by Stephen Sartarelli. It is the sixth novel in the internationally popular Inspector Montalbano series.-Plot summary:...

     — 2005 (L’odore della notte — 2001)
  7. Rounding the Mark
    Rounding the Mark
    Rounding the Mark is a 2003 novel by Andrea Camilleri, translated into English in 2006 by Stephen Sartarelli. It is the seventh novel in the internationally popular Inspector Montalbano series....

     — 2006 (Il giro di boa — 2003)
  8. The Patience of the Spider
    The Patience of the Spider
    The Patience of the Spider is a 2004 novel by Andrea Camilleri, translated into English in 2007 by Stephen Sartarelli. It is the eighth novel in the internationally popular Inspector Montalbano series....

     — 2007 (La pazienza del ragno — 2004)
  9. The Paper Moon
    The Paper Moon
    The Paper Moon is a 2005 novel by Andrea Camilleri, translated into English in 2008 by Stephen Sartarelli. It is the ninth novel in the internationally popular Inspector Montalbano series....

     — 2008 (La luna di carta — 2005)
  10. August Heat
    August Heat
    August Heat is a 2006 novel by Andrea Camilleri, translated into English in 2009 by Stephen Sartarelli. It is the tenth novel in the internationally popular Inspector Montalbano series....

     — 2009 (La vampa d'agosto — 2006)
  11. The Wings of the Sphinx
    The Wings of the Sphinx
    The Wings of the Sphinx is a 2006 novel by Andrea Camilleri, translated into English in 2009 by Stephen Sartarelli. It is the eleventh novel in the internationally popular Inspector Montalbano series....

     — 2009 (Le ali della sfinge — 2006)
  12. The Track of Sand
    The Track of Sand
    The Track of Sand is a 2008 novel by Andrea Camilleri, translated into English in 2010 by Stephen Sartarelli. It is the twelfth novel in the internationally popular Inspector Montalbano series....

     — 2010 (La pista di sabbia — 2008)
  13. The Potters Field
    The Potters Field
    The Potter's Field is a 2008 novel by Andrea Camilleri, translated into English in 2011 by Stephen Sartarelli. It is the thirteenth novel in the internationally popular Inspector Montalbano series....

     — 2011 (Il campo del vasaio — 2008)
  14. The Age of Doubt — 2011 (L'età del dubbio) — 2008
  15. (Il sorriso di Angelica — 2010)
  16. (Le prime indagini — 2011)
  17. (La danza del gabbiano — 2011)
  18. (La caccia al tesoro — 2011)
  19. (Il gioco degli specchi — 2011)

Collections of short stories

  • Un mese con Montalbano (1998)
  • Gli arancini di Montalbano (1999)
  • La paura di Montalbano (2002)
  • La prima indagine di Montalbano (2004)

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