Sunday, May 09, 2010

Sex for Salvo

What does the future hold for Salvo Montalbano? More sex.

Author Andrea Camilleri tells an Italian interviewer that as his protagonist moves into his sixties, after a life too full of nettlesome chastity, he realizes opportunities passed up may now be lost for good and so begins a much more active sex life.

In a metaphor that transcends barriers of language, Camilleri says Salvo will, "one might say, shoot his last cartridge."

That's just a livelier continuation of something the sensitive Camilleri has incorporated in novels such as The Wings of the Sphinx and The Patience of the Spider: Montalbano's increasing consciousness of his own mortality.

The interview is not all sex. Camilleri also talks about the friendly editorial blackmail that led him to continue the Montalbano series beyond Book Two, The Terra-Cotta Dog. (Eleven of the series are now available in English.)

© Peter Rozovsky 2010

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6 Comments:

Blogger solea said...

Will Montalbano & Livia break up?
Or have a child?

May 09, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Camilleri has said that he has written the last book in the series. I believe he also said that Livia and Montalbano will not get married. Whether they will break up, I don't know.

May 09, 2010  
Anonymous Elisabeth said...

I think Livia is going (or has already gone) through "The Change" -- so no babies for Salvo and Livia. Besides, Salvo is child enough for Livia.

May 12, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

That wouldn't stop them. The closest they came to having a child was via adoption, with François in "The Snack Thief," remember.

But Salvo may be child enough for Livia just as she is worried mother enough for him.

May 12, 2010  
Anonymous Elisabeth said...

Yes, I do remember. But Livia made it plain that if she didn't get to "keep" Francois that would be their last chance at parenthood.

She's also admitted that Salvo's selfishness suits her, as maddening as it can be.

May 12, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

That's right; I'd forgotten. But Camilleri is God in that world. He could change Livia's mind.

I don't think he will, though. I'm not sure I ever saw Salvo's and Livia's relationship as one with permanence on the horizon.

May 12, 2010  

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