Re: RARA-AVIS: intro pt. 2

From: Etienne Borgers (
Date: 25 Jul 2002

Welcome to the list! Published by Rivages in France, you are in very good company, not only with the authors you listed but also Ellroy, many Americans of the old days, not forgetting Robin Cook (the English one, aka Derek Raymond outside Europe)... and more.

Your book was well received in France, but I didn't read it yet (nobody's perfect). As a general rule, in France, the notion of noir novel covers a wider territory than in the Anglo-Saxon world, including novels of very different inspiration mixing surrealism, or fantasy, or political activism, or open social criticism, or experimental literary forms...etc to the more classical ingredients of noir.

So, in a certain way your chances to be part of noir increase over there.

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries

At 11:56 25-07-02 -0400, you wrote:
>Just want to finish my intro, as per miker's suggestion and in full
agreement with bill denton's sentiments re. self-promotion. My first novel was published this spring in France by Francois Guerif at Rivages/Noir. Although the book was just published, Francois bought the manuscript a few years ago. Prior to his buying the book, I had no idea I was a noir writer
...I'm still not sure I am. But, at that time, I began reading authors he published, whom I wasn't all that familiar with, including David Goodis, Jim Thompson, and Charles Willeford, all of whom were wonderful discoveries for me. Also during this time, I discovered you all and your discussions which were and are very interesting for me. My book, originally written in English, is called Beware the Solitary Drinker and will be published in the US (in a slightly different version than the French edition) this fall by Poisoned Pen Press.

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