RARA-AVIS: Noir and Hardboiled Fiction

From: Geir Glosvik ( gglosvik@online.no)
Date: 12 Dec 2003

This list is supposed to welcome discussions of both hardboiled/PI/police fiction AND noir fiction. I've been thinking about the very different views of life that these writers depict. Lately, we've discussed the difference between Chandler and Hammmet. Not much difference there - except in style. But try to compare the PI-novels - where something is wrong and the PI corrects the wrong and everybody's happy in the end - with the Goodis/McCoy/Thompson view of life. These ways of writing - these problems that are described - and the solutions to the problems, they are so very different! I'm not saying anything's wrong, anybody can discuss anything, but don't you agree that we're discussing literature with fundamentally different views of life on this list?

Regards, Geir Glosvik

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