Remembering Andrea Camilleri
A private funeral was held in Rome today for the famed Italian author Andrea Camilleri, who earned worldwide acclaim for his series of detective novels featuring inspector Salvo Montalbano.
Friends and family gathered for the ceremony at Rome's Protestant Cemetery, where many famed artists and poets are buried, including Percy Shelley and John Keats and was attended as well by several hundred well-wishers were allowed to enter the cemetery in small groups to pay tribute to the author.
The celebrated author died at the age of 93 in Rome after a period of intensive care. News of Camilleri's death sparked a outpouring of tributes for the author, who never shied away from criticizing those in power.
Italian Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli stated that "we will miss the intellectual, the free person who spoke freely, who said things that pleased and did not please”.
Camilleri became a novelist later in life, publishing his first book at the age of 57 and would go on to sell over 20 million books in Italy with around 30 novels featuring Montalbano which were translated into at least 30 languages up until 2006, with instructions that his final novel be published only after his death.
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