Wednesday, July 06, 2011


Those kind people at Pan Macmillan have sent me a paperback edition of Andrea Camilleri's The Wings of The Sphinx, and the hardback of The Track of Sand.

The Wings of the Sphinx reviewed here is short listed for this years CWA International Dagger.

The Track of Sand, reviewed here, is the 12th book in the superbly entertaining Inspector Montalbano series.

Just answer the questions in this short quiz, and email your answers to by 31 July.
I will draw a winner and a runner up from the correct answers, and the winner can choose which of the two books they will receive.

1] What happened on Via Fani in Rome on 16 March 1978?

2] Name the crime writer who wrote a book about the events of 16 March, and its aftermath, and who was born in Racalmuto, Sicily?

3] Who was the Italian novelist, dramatist and Noble Prize winner for literature who was born in Agrigento, Sicily?

4] Many of the events on the Italian Front [1915-1918] in the Great War have almost been fogotten, but two of the most famous people of the twentieth century were involved in that Italian conflict.
One was an ambulance driver, and one a sergeant in the medical corp was a stretcher-bearer. Who were they?

5] Who was the poet, journalist, novelist, dramatist and self proclaimed superman whose followers seized the city of Fiume on 12 September 1919?

Good Luck.


Anonymous kathy d. said...

A bit off-topic but that has never stopped me, but I'm reading Fred Vargas' An Uncertain Place, and I'm just reading and purring in enjoyment.

Up way too late reading, but it's so enjoyable, thought-provoking, imaginative -- and witty. She does throw in dollops of wit. I've laughed out loud about 5 times in the first third of the book, and smiled several times.

Can't wait to keep on going.

Did you review it? If so, where can I locate that?

4:27 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Kathy I loved it but then I am as quirky as Adamsberg.
The review:

9:37 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

A shorter link Kathy.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous kathy d. said...

Thank you.

Well, everyone has quirks, some visible, some invisible.

And on the two Camilleri books featured: I read them both and enjoyed them, especially Wings of the Sphinx.

And that quiz: Wow, one needs a doctorate in crime fiction history with a specialty in Italian police inspectors to figure this out.

But some readers will know this. It amazes me how much is known.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous kathy d. said...

Thank you.

I had read your review and left a comment agreeing with you about Vargas' writing.

8:28 PM  

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