Italian / Italy

Magarìa
(Magic spell)

Camilleri, Andrea (text)
Orecchia, Giulia (illus.)
Milano: Mondadori, 2013. – [96] p.
(Series: Contemporanea)
ISBN 978-88-04-63202-3

Sicily | Grandfather / Niece | Magic spell | Disappearance

Andrea Camilleri’s bitter fairy tale was written by request of an association of prisoners and former prisoners. It is a story about magic and reality, about misunderstandings that can lead to painful aft ermaths, about spells and disappearance.

The text, first published in 2005, appears here in a newly illustrated edition for children. ≫Magaria≪ seems narrated by an old story-teller – perhaps it is the grandfather from the story – in the beautiful language for which Camilleri is famed. His narrative style combines expert writing, song, poetry, research, and amazement. The story off ers multiple endings for various literary tastes. Why does Lullina disappear? Why is the grandfather accused of the terrible crime? And who is the little man in yellow who appears from nowhere?

All of this can be discovered in the text and in Giulia Orecchia’s colourful illustrations that evoke Sicily’s magic. (Age: 6+)