RARA-AVIS: Le Poulpe

From: E.Borgers ( wbac12034@tiscali.be)
Date: 14 Jan 2005


If officially the new publisher (Le Seuil- which bought back Baleine the original publisher) of Le Poulpe is continuing the series, in fact they are not very interested by this type of approach and cannot handle the heritage. We are now close to two years since the take over and they published only 3 more titles. Everybody agree that it's finished, as "adventurial publishing" of real popular lit. -as launched by JB Pouy with Baleine- cannot easily be assimilated by a mainstream publishing house. To remember: the quality of the volumes of this series was very variable, but it was accepted by the editor because any writer who was following the guidelines was elegible to be published: beginner, first writing candidate, confirmed professional, comics author... As he confirmed during a discussion I had with him, Pouy wanted to prove that small printing quantities with an important number of titles could be commercially viable in France, for real popular lit., if the publisher avoided fat cats, high admin costs, crazy distribution costs, etc.. They succeeded until two years ago.

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries http://www.geocities.com/Athens/6384

Duane Spurlock:

>"E.Borgers" < wbac12034@tiscali.be> wrote:
>If you are interested by more info about Japanese HB/noir you will find the complete article on the H-B M Web site, under the title: Nippon Noir at:
>(see page 3 for Kirino)
>Etienne, I was taking a look through your fun-filled site, and came across the info on Le Poulpe, which I first heard about a few years ago...Is this series still being published?
>- Duane

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