How Noir is Belfast ?

Adrian McKinty and Stuart Neville, in the introduction to the recently launched collection of short stories, Belfast Noir (N.Y., Akashic, 2014) describe Belfast, with some claims, as ” the noirest city on earth”.  The feeling seems to be shared by the international publishing industry. In so far at least as original titles of noir novels set in Northern Ireland have been changed,  in translation or for the U.S. Market, in order to feature the name of the city. Or have been produced originally, abroad, or domestically with a title using explicitly Belfast as a byword  for violence.  Here are a few examples of such “Belfastxploitation”, with some images for a view on Belfast, as reconstructed from the outside…

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Sam Millar , Die Bestien von Belfast: Ein Fall für Karl Kane, Translator :  Joachim Körb

Atrium Verlag, Hamburg, 2013 (original, Bloodstorm, 2008).

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Sam Millar, Les Chiens de Belfast, (Bloodstorm) Paris, Seuil, Translation Patrick Raynal, 2015

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Eoin McNamee,  Belfaster Auferstehung, Hamburg: Rotbuch-Verl., 1996 (Translation Hans-Christian Oeser, original, Resurrection Man)

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(US edition; original UK title, The Twelve, Harvill Secker 2009)

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Spain, Urano, Plata negra,  2010

 

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(Translation Fabienne Duvigneau, Paris, Rivages, 2011)

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Stuart Neville, Die Schatten von Belfast, Translation Armin Gontermann, Berlin, Aufbau Taschenbuch, 2012

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Duchy Belfastu, Translation Tomasz Konatkowski,  Warszawa: Wydawnictwo W.A.B., 2012

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Adrian McKinty, Die Sirenen von Belfast (I hear the Sirens in the Street) Translation Peter Torberg, Berlin, Suhrkamp Verlag, 2014

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Mike Shelley,  Piedipiatti a Belfast, Il Romanzo Giallo, Milano: Garden, 1998

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Richard Deutsch, Belfast Blues, Rennes, Terre de Brume, Collection Granit noir, 1999

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Michael Muller, Belfast Blues,  Berlin, Rowohlt, 2000

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 Gérard de Villiers, Rabbia a Belfast, Milano, Mondadori, 1975

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Gérard de Villiers, Furie à Belfast, Paris, Plon, 1974

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Gerard de Villiers, The Belfast Connection, Pinnacle Books , 1976

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 Jerry Cotton, Die Belfast-Connection. Bergisch Gladbach: Bastei Lübbe, 2003.

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Colin Bateman, Belfast Confidential, 2005

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Gerry McCullough Belfast Girls

Gerry McCullough, Belfast Girls, CreateSpace,2010

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Gerry McCullough, Angel in Belfast, Precious Oil Publications, 2014

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Laurence Fontaine,   Larmes rouges sur Belfast, Fouesnant, Yoran embann, 2011.

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Shaun Hutson: Il veleno di Belfast / Pace armata; Milano, Supersegretissimo, Mondadori, 2007

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Adrian McKinty, Stuart Neville (eds), Belfast noir, New York,  Akashic Books 2014
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