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Andrea Camilleri: The Devil's Smell



Andrea Camilleri: The Devil's Smell

A tribute to the late writer, creator of beloved Commissario Montalbano: 15 renowned Italian and English cartoonists come together to illustrate the short story L'odore del diavolo by Andrea Camilleri.

A project by ICI London on the occasion of the Italian Language Week 2020 (Settimana della Lingua Italiana, 19-25 October), on the theme of THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE IN COMICS

An ambitious project to celebrate the vitality of the Italian language while honouring Camilleri’s literary work, curated by Massimo Fenati, a London-based Italian comic book artist. Fenati has put together the work of fifteen comic book artists and graphic novelists to create a short story in comics, adapted from the novella by Andrea Camilleri L'odore del diavolo, first published in 1998 in the collection “A month with Montalbano”. Drawing on his experience on the 2018 adaptation of Simonetta Agnello Hornby's best-selling novel La Mennulara (“The Almond Picker”), Fenati converted Camilleri’s short story into a comics’ script, tasking each of the cartoonists with the illustration of one single page. The result is surprising and wonderful. Fenati’s biggest challenge was making sure that all locations and characters were designed in a way that gave the final work a certain consistency, while at the same time highlighting the different and personal styles of each artist - some were best at drawing big city scenes, others were more at ease with characters acting, or drew silent, broody pages, others focused on dialogue and enlivened narratives.

The selected cartoonists are some of the most important new generation Italian ones, together with some very renowned British ones: Sergio Algozzino, Paolo Bacillieri, Alessandro Baronciani, Lorena Canottiere, Thomas Campi, Daniel Cuello, Matthew Dooley (winner of the 2020 Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction), Massimo Fenati, Gulio Macaione, Federico Manzone, Jon McNaught (celebrated graphic novelist and regular contributor to The London Review of Books and The New Yorker), Andrea Serio, Posy Simmonds (the ‘grand dame’ of British comics), Alessandro Tota, Lucas Varela (Argentinian-born columnist of the FT Weekend Magazine).

The illustrations will be collected and printed in both English and Italian in a booklet made available free of charge by the Italian Cultural Institute.


Data: Da Lun 19 Ott 2020 a Dom 25 Ott 2020

Ingresso : Libero