RARA-AVIS: Re: Manchette

From: Domenic ( mystery.robot@pacbell.net)
Date: 02 Nov 2005

Regarding Tribe's question...

Manchette was the inspiration, in the sense that I had read about him, and his disenchantment with the procedural novels that dominated French crime fiction at the time--and then I read The Prone Gunmen, and was very much drawn to the stripped down style, the apparent nihilism, the refusal to glamorize the violence of the main character.

Some ways, The Prone Gunmen is a political thriller, other ways an assassin novel, and what excited me about the book was that it both operated inside the conventions and outside them at the same time.

Anyway, it occurred to me, how as crime novelists--but I also think this is true for all novelists, in whatever mode we work--that we are all bound up in certain conventions. And how the conventions themselves, the form and traditions of literary genres, so determine determine what it is possible to say.

They are a gift, but they are also a trap.

And Manchette was somebody who had seemed to have broken out of that trap.



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