Een van mijn verjaardagscadeautjes was afgelopen Zondag de Nederlandse versie van het boek “De vorm van Water door Andrea Camilleri.
Zonder onderbreken, en met veel plezier, in één stuk uitgelezen.
Water heeft geen vorm, het neemt de vorm aan van het vat waarin het gegoten wordt.
Het boek, een italiaanse detectiveroman, handelt over een brutaal geënsceneerde moord op een vooraanstaande Siciliaanse politicus: half ontkleed in zijn BMW op een trefplaats van prostituees.
De diagnose is dan ook snel gemaakt: “hartaanval tijdens orgasme” stelt de lijkschouwer vast.
Dat niet alles is wat het lijkt wordt al snel duidelijk, maar de ontknoping is wel heel verrassend en verfrissend. Een leuke doorkijk op het leven in Sicilië.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Andrea Camilleri (born September 6, 1925) is an Italian writer.
Originally from Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Camilleri began studies at the Faculty of Literature in 1944, without concluding them, meanwhile publishing poems and short stories. Around this time he joined the Italian Communist Party.
From 1948 to 1950 Camilleri studied stage and film direction at the Silvio D’Amico Academy of Dramatic Arts, and began to take on work as a director and screenwriter, directing especially plays by Pirandello and Beckett.
With RAI, Camilleri worked on several TV productions, such as Inspector Maigret with Gino Cervi. In 1977 he returned to the Academy of Dramatic Arts, holding the chair of Movie Direction, and occupying it for 20 years.
In 1978 Camilleri wrote his first novel Il Corso Delle Cose (“The Way Things Go”). This was followed by Un Filo di Fumo (“A Thread of Smoke”) in 1980. Neither of these works enjoyed any kind of popularity.
In 1992, after a long pause of 12 years, Camilleri once more took up novel-writing. A new book, La Stagione della Caccia (“The Hunting Season”) turned out to be a best-seller.
In 1994 Camilleri published the first in a long series of novels: La forma dell’Acqua (The Shape of Water) featured the character of Inspector Montalbano, a fractious Sicilian detective in the police force of Vigàta, an imaginary Sicilian town. The series is written in Italian but with a substantial sprinkling of Sicilian phrases and grammar. This feature provides an interesting quirk which has become something of a fad among his readership even in mainland Italy. The TV adaptation of Montalbano’s adventures, starring the perfectly-cast Luca Zingaretti, further increased Camilleri’s popularity to such a point that in 2003 Camilleri’s home town, Porto Empedocle – on which Vigàta is modelled – took the extraordinary step of changing its official denomination to that of Porto Empedocle Vigàta, no doubt with an eye to capitalising on the tourism possibilities thrown up by the author’s work.
Camilleri now lives in Rome where he works as a TV and theatre director. About 10 million copies of his novels have been sold to date, and are becoming increasingly popular in the UK and America.
In addition to the degree of popularity brought him by the novels, in recent months Andrea Camilleri has become even more of a media icon thanks to the parodies aired on a RAI radio show, where popular comedian, tv-host and imitator Fiorello presents him as a raspy voiced, caustic character, madly in love with cigarettes and smoking (Camilleri is well-known for his love of tobacco).
He received an honorary degree from University of Pisa in 2005.