RARA-AVIS: Re: *Polar* Concerns

From: Chris Schneider ( chrisaschneider@earthlink.net)
Date: 18 Jun 2003

   In case you haven't seen it already, you might want to know about an awfully good article in TLS (the 5/23/2003 issue, page 23) devoted to French
*polar* novels. The article's author is Ruth Morse.
   Among the bits that caught my eye were:

             " [...] conspicuously absent in France are the eco-thriller,
             the feminist PI, the locked room, the forensic legals, and the
             panoply of Anglo-Saxon parody and humour, although two
             big-selling women, Andrea H. Japp and Maud Tabachnik, imitate
             American trends in graphic violence."

             "In France the tradition of hard-boiled detection has always
             been associated with the Left (even if the lone PI, who is not
             part of organized political resistance could be classified as
             a radical conservative.)"

             (The second comment might be a good explanation for Jean-Luc
             Godard's having, alledgedly, based his 1966 "Made in U.S.A." on
             Richard Stark's "The Jugger.")

   This is almost entirely new teritory to me. One of the names Morse mentions, Jean-Claude Izzo, can be found in the Rara-Avis archives. But does anyone have anthing to say about authors Claude Amoz or Dominique Manotti?


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