Writer Camilleri remains in critical condition

He is not conscious says Rome's Santo Spirito hospital

18 June, 15:06

    ROME - Italian writer Andrea Camilleri remains critical after suffering cardiac arrest, Rome's Santo Spirito hospital said on Tuesday. "The patient is having mechanical and pharmacological respiratory support and is under pharmacological sedation," said Dr Roberto Ricci, adding that the author's condition was stable.
    "Obviously he is not conscious". Camilleri, 93, is the much-loved creator of Inspector Montalbano, arguably Italy's most famous fictional detective. He became a best-selling author after he turned 60, and his books have sold millions of copies worldwide. The TV adaptation of Montalbano's adventures, as well as a spin-off, The Young Montalbano, are big hits in Italy and around the world too.
    Ricci said the heart attack was caused by a sharp drop in Camilleri's blood pressure.  Camilleri celebrated his 90th birthday in fine style three and a half years ago. In honor of the occasion, Camilleri's original publishing house Sellerio offered two special-edition ebook collections as well as two print collections. The first ebook, 'Le indagini di Montalbano' (Montalbano's Investigations) contains all 23 Montalbano books, and the second, 'I romanzi di Vigata e altro ancora' (The Vigata Novels and Even More'), is a collection of 23 novels and other pages of stories that Camilleri set in the imaginary city of Vigata, where the Montalbano stories take place. Both ebooks were on sale for a limited period only, at a cost of 90 euros each. A few weeks later, Sellerio released a limited-edition set called "I sogni di Andrea Camilleri" (Andrea Camilleri's Dreams), an anthology of dreams told in his novels together with a collection of 48 postcards of his Sellerio books. Sellerio also released a celebratory volume called "Gran Teatro Camilleri" (Camilleri Grand Theatre), a series of essays about his work, written by critics and intellectuals. Even the mayor of Sicilian town Agrigento, located just 10
    minutes from Porto Empedocle where Camilleri was born, decided to celebrate the writer's birthday by starting the process for declaring Camilleri an honorary citizen. Camilleri became a best-selling author after he turned 70, and his books have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. "I didn't think I was capable of enough imagination for such a long series, but I managed to do it," Camilleri told ANSA on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Inspector Montalbano. And of his famed character, Camilleri said, "He's a monument that's there, still destined to grow for a few years.
    He'll end when I do".

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