Re: RARA-AVIS: The vanishing PI

From: Jacques Debierue (
Date: 22 Feb 2006

All the PI needs is a good story. Who cares if it's realistically realistic? As Chandler and others have pointed out, all that matters is that the story be psychologically realistic. Many outrageously fantastic stories (entire genrefuls of them, in fact) are realistic in this sense. Is Shakespeare realistically realistic? Cervantes? Kafka? Bradbury? Borges? Bioy? Calvino?

Only an automatic preconception of the PI genre as "not literature" can make us reject in that literary genre what we accept in virtually all others.



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