Andrea Camilleri (born 6 September 1925 in Porto Empedocle) 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.
From 1948 to 1950 Camilleri studied stage and film direction at
the Silvio D'Amico Academy of Dramatic Arts (Accademia Nazionale
d'Arte Drammatica) and began to take on work as a director and
screenwriter, directing especially plays by Pirandello and Beckett.
As a matter of fact, his parents knew Pirandello and were even
distant friends, as he tells in his essay on Pirandello "Biography
of the changed son." His most famous works, the Montalbano series,
show many Pirandellian elements: for example, the wild olive tree
that helps Montalbano think is on stage in his late work "The
giants of the mountain."
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 significant
amount of popularity.