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The character I created, ‘Commissario Brunetti,’ who appears in all my books, shares similar reading, artistic and musical tastes with me. Subconsciously, I knew that…
I was extraordinarily lucky. I wrote a book because I wanted to see if I could write a mystery. Someone nagged me into sending it…
I have no memory for what happens in what books. I don’t know when I might remember a scene, but beats me what book it’s…
And I don’t want to live anywhere where I am famous. It makes me very, very uncomfortable, because it conveys an advantage over people, and…
A story begins and it always passes from the subjunctive to the declarative. And Italians don’t seem to care about making a fine distinction between…
I was at La Fenice opera house back in 1991 with friends, and we started talking about a conductor whom none of us liked. Somehow…
Venetians feel affection and loyalty to their city, rather than to the Italian state.
The ending is one of my blackest, utterly without hope of any sort.
So much of contemporary crime fiction is painful to read and obsessed with violence, particularly against women, and I can’t read that.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the most liberal and illumined of the nine Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.
I never wanted to be rich or successful or famous. I just wanted to be happy and have fun.
My father read ‘The New York Times,’ my mother did secretarial work, we had a dog, we had a garden, I had a brother.
I never know what’s going to happen in a novel. I don’t have a plan or an outline.
I love music. But I’ve never owned a TV in my adult life, and I’ve never lived in a place with a television.
I listen to Handel’s vocal music, almost exclusively.
I know you shouldn’t spit in your own soup but I think most crime writing is like TV and doesn’t make enormous demands on one’s…
I have always had a particular antagonism for the military.
I admire Dickens beyond words. He is one of the greatest plotters of all times. Didn’t have a clue about women, but he sure could…
I do not take any pleasure whatsoever in being a famous person.
I don’t go to the movies because I don’t like films.
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