RARA-AVIS: SF CHRONICLE on some noir authors

From: Mark Hall ( markhall@gol.com)
Date: 05 Oct 2003

ESSAY Noir in the New World

Peter Plate Sunday, October 5, 2003


Many of today's noir writers, varied and multicultural, are the offspring of a mixed marriage, children of Raymond Chandler and Frantz Fanon.

It all started with Chandler. The godfather of noir wrote brilliant stories in the '30s and '40s that promoted racial and social hegemony. A disregard for Mexicans, Okies and African Americans was threaded into his groundbreaking narratives. Ironically, Chandler didn't know he was stirring up the historical forces of the future. In the decades to come, his fictive template would inspire the very people he disdained. They would begin to write their own stories.

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Mark Hall markhall@gol.com

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