The Death of one of Italy's most famous contemporary writers and acclaimed novelist Andrea Camilleri has saddened his fans. The author of whodunnit series and the creator of Salvo Montalbano, died in Rome on Wednesday July 17th, he was 93, AFP reported.
Camilleri has always been a beloved figure in his native Italy, and often credited with popularising and celebrating Sicilian culture internationally. He had been suffering from ill health for many years, and most recently had lost his sight. During his final days he had been hospitalised with heart problems and complications from a broken hip, Independent reported.
Despite it being a private ceremony, several hundred well-wishers were allowed to enter the cemetery in small groups to pay tribute to the author on Thursday. Some brought flowers while others left messages of condolence, according to AFP.
In an interview with AP in his Rome apartment in 2009, Camilleri explained how 30 years of a career as a novelist and writer as well as a director had made dialogue a fundamental element in the structure of the novel for him.
The 93-year-old author has sold over 65 million copies worldwide. The Inspector Montalbano series, which began with ‘The Shape of Water’, has been translated into 32 languages, adapted for Italian television and screened on the UK’s BBC4. ‘The Potter's Field‘, the thirteenth book in the series, was awarded the Crime Writers' Association's International Dagger Award for the best crime novel translated into English, according to IMDP.com.
Camilleri is reported by Italian media to have given the last novel in the detective series to his editor in 2006, with instructions that it be published only after his death, according to AFP.