Re: RARA-AVIS: Noir; Duhamel and surrealists

From: Jacques Debierue (
Date: 20 Dec 2006

I wouldn't pay too much attention to what Duhamel said. He cannot define what noir is _for us_. Imagine that some contemporary of Beethoven wrote that the composer was essentially a drunken asshole who delighted in violating all rules of good music... what kind of value would that have for us? We have ears. The same goes for literature. If concepts didn't evolve, jazz would still mean the New Orleans style, sex would be some kind of duty for procreation and so on.

Today, noir does not have a very definite meaning; however, it is easy to see when something
_isn't_ noir, which shows that, however hazy, it is a robust concept and not a pure contraption of critics.



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