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Sartarelli, Stephen 1954-

Works: 100 works in 420 publications in 2 languages and 28,544 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery stories  Humorous stories  History  Psychological fiction  Suspense fiction  Poetry 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Author, Narrator
Classifications: PQ4863.A3894, 853.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Stephen Sartarelli
The wings of the Sphinx by Andrea Camilleri( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,014 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young woman is found dead, her face half shot off and only a tattoo of a sphinx moth giving any hint of her identity. The tattoo links her to three similarly marked girls--all victims of the underworld sex trade--who have been rescued from the Mafia night-club circuit by a prominent Catholic charity. When Inspector Salvo Montalbano delves into the case, his inquiries elicit an outcry from the Church--and soon the three other girls are all missing
The snack thief by Andrea Camilleri( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 1,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Suspecting a link between the murder of an elderly man and the shooting of a fisherman, Inspector Montalbano encounters impoverished housekeeper and sometime prostitute Karina, whose young son's life is endangered after she disappears
The shape of water by Andrea Camilleri( Book )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and Italian and held by 1,000 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows Sicilian detective Inspector Montalbano as he investigates the suspicious death of an engineer who had made a name for himself in a small town
Rounding the mark by Andrea Camilleri( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 968 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two seemingly unrelated deaths take Inspector Montalbano deep into a secret world of illicit trafficking in human lives, and the investigation tests the limits of his physical, psychological, and moral endurance
August heat by Andrea Camilleri( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 949 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a colleague extends his summer vacation, Inspector Salvo Montalbano is forced to stay in VigAta and endure the August heat. Montalbano's long-suffering girlfriend, Livia, joins him with a friend-husband and young son in tow-to keep her company during these dog days of summer. But when the boy suddenly disappears into a narrow shaft hidden under the family's beach rental, Montalbano, in pursuit of the child, uncovers something terribly sinister. As the inspector spends the summer trying to solve this perplexing case, Livia refuses to answer his calls-and Montalbano is left to take a plunge that will affect the rest of his life. Fans of the Sicilian inspector as well as readers new to this increasingly popular series will enjoy following the melancholy but unflinchingly moral Montalbano as he undertakes one of the most shocking investigations of his career
Voice of the violin by Andrea Camilleri( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 947 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discovering the murdered body of a young woman, Sicilian detective Salvo Montalbano finds suspects in the victim's aging husband, a famous doctor, a missing admirer, an antiques dealer, a close friend, and a reclusive violinist
The dance of the seagull by Andrea Camilleri( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 925 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Before leaving for vacation, Inspector Montalbano witnesses a seagull doing an odd dance on the beach outside his home, when the bird suddenly drops dead. Stopping in at his office for a quick check before heading off, he notices that his right-hand man, Fazio, is nowhere to be found. Montalbano sets out to find him and discovers that the seagull's dance of death may provide the key to understanding a macabre world of sadism, extortion, and murder
The terra-cotta dog by Andrea Camilleri( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 924 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stumbling on a fifty-year-old mystery involving a pair of lovers whose bodies are found in a mountain cave beside a dog statue, Inspector Montalbano investigates the island's past and traces a family's secret back to World War II
The age of doubt by Andrea Camilleri( Book )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 911 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One night, Inspector Montalbano dreams of a stormy sea, which he knows represents unease and loss of control. The next day, a boat is found in the port of Vigata, and within it, the body of a disfigured corpse. The waterfront has also drawn in an eighty-five-foot luxury boat passengered by fifty carefree souls and a somewhat shadowy crew. They will have to stay in Vigata until the investigation is over--the man, it seems, was poisoned. However, right now, it is the yacht's owner and sailors Montalbano is focused on
Excursion to Tindari by Andrea Camilleri( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sicily's Inspector Salvo Montalbano investigates two seemingly unrelated crimes--the murder of a young Casanova and the mysterious disappearance of an elderly couple during an excursion to Tindari
The smell of the night by Andrea Camilleri( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspector Montalbano investigates a labyrinthine financial scam that half of the retirees in Vigata have invested their savings in. His cherished Sicily is turning so ruthless that he wonders if any part of it is worth saving
The paper moon by Andrea Camilleri( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The moody Inspector Montalbano is further beset by the existential questions that have been plaguing him of late. But he doesn't have much time to wax philosophical before the gruesome murder of a man--shot at point-blank range in the face with his pants down--commands his attention. Add two evasive, beautiful women as prime suspects, some dirty cocaine, mysterious computer codes, and a series of threatening letters, and things soon get very complicated at the police headquarters in Vigàta
The potter's field by Andrea Camilleri( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 842 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An unidentified corpse is found near Vigàta, a town known for its soil rich with potter's clay. Meanwhile, a woman reports the disappearance of her husband, a Colombian man with Sicilian origins who turns out to be related to a local mobster. Then Inspector Montalbano remembers the story from the Bible-- Judas's betrayal, the act of remorse, and the money for the potter's field, where those of unknown or foreign origin are to be buried-- and slowly, through myriad betrayals, finds his way to the solution to the crime
The patience of the spider by Andrea Camilleri( Book )

8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Still recovering from his gunshot wound, Inspector Montalbano is feeling the weight of his years, and of his solitude. He's getting softer, more introspective, and critical of his life choices. But if withdrawing from society has become natural of late, he'll soon be forced to interact with others, compelled to intervene as a web of hatred and secrets threatens to squeeze its victims to death. This is Montalbano's most unusual and challenging case yet - and the one that will either change him or break him
The track of sand by Andrea Camilleri( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspector Salvatore Montalbano finds a bludgeoned horse carcass in his front yard, but when his men come to investigate, it has disappeared; soon the inspector finds himself immersed in the glittering underworld of legitimate horse racing, the Mafia, and murder
Treasure hunt by Andrea Camilleri( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 754 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Treasure Hunt, Montalbano is hailed as a hero after news cameras film him scaling a building-- gun in hand-- to capture a pair of unlikely snipers. Shortly after, the inspector begins to receive cryptic messages in verse from someone challenging him to go on a 'treasure hunt.' Intrigued, he accepts, treating the messages as amusing riddles-- until they take a dangerous turn" -- from publisher's web site
Hunting Season : a novel by Andrea Camilleri( Book )

7 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From internationally bestselling author Andrea Camilleri, a brilliant, bawdy comedy that will surprise even the most die-hard Montalbano fans. In 1880s Vigàta, a stranger comes to town to open a pharmacy. Fofò turns out to be the son of a man legendary for having a magic garden stocked with plants, fruits, and vegetables that could cure any ailment-a man who was found murdered years ago. Fofò escaped, but now has reappeared looking to make his fortune and soon finds himself mixed up in the dealings of a philandering local marchese set on producing an heir. An absurd, quirky murder mystery that recalls the most hilarious and farcical scenes of Shakespeare and The Canterbury Tales, Hunting Season will introduce American readers to a refreshing new aspect of one of our best-loved writers. "--
Death in August by Marco Vichi( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Florence, summer 1963. Everyone has left town for the holidays, and the city is deserted, hot and full of mosquitoes. Inspector Bordelli is tossing and turning in bed when a telephone call informs him of a mysterious death: a wealthy Signora has been found dead in her villa. Next to the bed lies a glass with traces of her asthma medicine, but the coroner explains a sudden asthma attack is unlikely to have been the cause of death. Bordelli sets to work. Each suspect has a solid alibi, but there is something that doesn't quite add up
The art of eating well by Pellegrino Artusi( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First published in 1891, Pelegrino Artusi's La scienza in cucina e l'arte di mangiar bene has come to be recognized as the most significant Italian cookbook of modern times. It was reprinted thirteen times and had sold more than 52,000 copies in the years before Artusi's death in 1910, with the number of recipes growing from 475 to 790. And while this figure has not changed, the book has consistently remained in print." "Although Artusi was himself of the upper classes and it was doubtful he had ever touched a kitchen utensil of lit a fire under a pot, he wrote the book not for professional chefs, as was the nineteenth-century custom, but for middle-class family cooks: housewives and their domestic helpers. His tone is that of a friendly advisor - humorous and nonchalant. He indulges in witty anecdotes about many of the recipes, describing his experiences and the historical relevance of particular dishes." "This English edition features a delightful introduction by Luigi Ballerini that traces the fascinating history of the book and explains its importance in the context of Italian history and politics. The illustrations are by the noted Italian artist Giuliano Della Casa."--Jacket
Notturno by Gabriele D'Annunzio( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Composed during a period of extended bed rest, Gabriele D'Annunzio's Notturno is a moving prose poem in which imagination, experience, and remembrance intertwine. The somber atmosphere of the poem reflects the circumstances of its creation. With his vision threatened and his eyes completely bandaged, D'Annunzio suffered months of near-total blindness and pain-wracked infirmity in 1921, and yet he managed to write on small strips of paper, each wide enough for a single line. When the poet eventually regained his sight, he put together these strips to create the lyrical and innovative Notturno. In Notturno D'Annunzio forges an original prose that merges aspects of formal poetry and autobiographical narrative. He fuses the darkness and penumbra of the present with the immediate past, haunted by war memories, death, and mourning, and also with the more distant past, revolving mainly around his mother and childhood. In this remarkable translation of the work, Stephen Sartarelli preserves the antiquated style of D'Annunzio's poetic prose and the tension of his rich and difficult harmonies, bringing to contemporary readers the full texture and complexity of a creation forged out of darkness."--Publisher's website
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Alternative Names
Stephen Sartarelli American poet and translator

Stephen Sartarelli US-amerikanischer Dichter und bersetzer

English (156)

Italian (1)

The snack thiefThe shape of waterRounding the markAugust heatVoice of the violinThe terra-cotta dogExcursion to TindariThe smell of the night