Re: RARA-AVIS: Cain and Hammett

From: William Ahearn (
Date: 03 Oct 2007

--- jacquesdebierue <> wrote:

> And how is Franz
> Kafka off-topic
> when his characters get into the most noirish
> labyrinths imaginable?
> You can't argue a theory by leaving out or waving
> away the exceptions.

All I was addressing was Sam Spade. But since you throw Kafka into the mix, here's why he isn't noir: Gregor and Citizen K do not DO anything to get where they are. They don't scheme to kill a spouse, embezzle money or whatever. Kafka is political. Just because something is a dark story doesn't make it noir. Noir takes place in crime fiction. Or are we delving into the Brothers Grimm as well?


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