RARA-AVIS: Manchette

From: Domenic ( mystery.robot@pacbell.net)
Date: 04 Nov 2005

To answer your question Kerry, no, I didn't really intend the Manifesto as political call to arms. At least not in the sense that it calls for the embracing of a particular political ideology.

That said, I do think I agree with the notion -- which both you and Steve seem to be expressing, though in different terms--that almost every story expresses a social and political value system, even if it pretends otherwise, or does so at some metalevel, unconscious to its creators.

I guess what I find intriguing about Manchette and some of the other writers I mention in "Noir Manifesto" is the way they use and/or abuse genre conventions to crash through the social and literary codes that predetermine meaning--and free us, however briefly, from those perceptions.

And, as Mark mentions, they are great reads.


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