RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled politics

From: Michael Robison ( zspider@gte.net)
Date: 18 Jul 2003

Etienne Borgers wrote:

> Everything in a society is politics and politics is everywhere.
> in the HB/Noir lit.
> Because of its constant fight against corrupted power, distorted justice,
> death and murder admitted as a daily fact, the best of this lit is
> by essence.
> It often carries the implicit denial of the auto-justification of power
> (under any form) by its existence ( which for the holders is something
> that should be admitted as a natural law, that nobody could contest,
> against which nobody could be allowed to fight); this stand is pure

************** I disagree with your comment about the denial of auto-justification of power. In hardboiled detective literature, the exact opposite is the normal state of affairs. The detective's illegal activities are justified by the end result.

The dominant political theme in hardboiled literature is that fascism defeats anarchy.


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