Re: RARA-AVIS: Italian Noir- Camilleri

Date: 28 Jan 2003

Etienne: Thanks for the info and insight into Camilleri. The more I learn about this guy, the more I want to read his stuff.

I was aware of the reference to Manuel Vasquez Montalban. His detective, Montalbano, is quite the literate cop, no? References to Faulkner, classic Greeks, Shakespeare, etc.

I agree with you, the dialog is rich. There is an attempt by the translator to "demonstrate" the Sicilian dialect, with the use of slang and some wordplay, but I am sure the effect is much more realistic in the original.

"Noirish borderline of the genre" is a good way to describe the tone of the books. A little bit of procedural; a lot of the solitary, somewhat soiled knight protagonist; and more than enough of dirty little (and not so little) secrets kicked under the rug. Politics, sex, murder, and humor. Not necessarily in that order.

Manuel Ramos MOONY'S ROAD TO HELL (2002) BROWN-ON-BROWN (2003)

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