Month: January 2015

A Defence of Detective Stories

Chesterton

A Defence of Detective Stories

by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In attempting to reach the genuine psychological reason for the popularity of detective stories, it is necessary to rid ourselves of many mere phrases. It is not true, for example, that the populace prefer bad literature to good, and accept detective stories because they are bad literature. The mere absence of artistic subtlety does not make a book popular. Bradshaw’s Railway Guide contains few gleams of psychological comedy, yet it is not read aloud uproariously on winter evenings. If detective stories are read with more exuberance than railway guides, it is certainly because they are more artistic. Continue reading

Noir novels in Doubleday Doran Crime Club

 

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Jonathan Latimer, Red Gardenias, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1939

The Doubleday Crime Club was one of the most famous  Crime Series. It started in 1928 and thus was  an exact contemporary to European Series  Le Masque (Librairie des Champs Elysées) and  Giallo Mondadori . Like both Le Masque, in France and Giallo, in Italy, it went on to publish  well over 2000 titles, over more than six decades.  It found immediate success, thanks to the popularity of Edgar Wallace’s books, which it introduced in America and of which it sold 5 millions in its first year.  The Series rank among the most beautifully designed  editions of Crime Fiction hardbacks.

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Irish Noir in 2015

Taken for Dead, Graham Masterton

The ever excellent Declan Burke has started to compile a list of highly anticipated Irish Crime Fiction books due for publication in the coming months. These include :

Adrian McKinty , Gun street Girl  (January 8)
Graham Masterton, Taken for Dead (February 12)
Steve Cavanagh, The Defence  (March 12)
John Connolly, A Song of Shadows (April 9)
Alex Barclay, Killing Ways,  (April 9)
Jarlath Gregory, The Organised Criminal  (April 9)

For (many) more, see

http://crimealwayspays.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/publications-irish-crime-fiction-2015.html

What’s more, Declan  will be updating  his list regularly throughout the year, thus providing a snapshot of one year of production in the long  history of  Irish Crime Fiction in general. But, too, in the considerably shorter history of Irish Noir, a publishing phenomenon, which only started 20 years ago. Thus, this is also an occasion to reflect on the maturity gained by Irish Noir and the generation which brought it to the world. That Declan Burke is one of them makes it of course all the more interesting.

The Defence, Steve Cavanagh Gun Street Girl, Adrian McKinty

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San-Antonio’s International Publishers

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San-Antonio, San-Antonio Polka, Beirut, Sawt al nas, 1994 (Translation Bassam Hajjar)

Ahead of the San-Antonio International Conference organised by the ICRH at Queen’s University, Belfast due to take place on the 15th and 16th of May (see CFP),  here is a list of 78 international publishers, which published translations of books by Frédéric Dard. This result reflects research which is still in progress. A number of books which were identified but not yet located were not considered here. Hence, the actual figures are in many cases higher than the numbers quoted here.  If you are aware of any publisher or publication not mentioned here, please let us know about them. In the table below, publishers are ranked by  the number of  books signed San-Antonio /Frédéric Dard they published and which we were able to trace.

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3 x Phil Marlowe

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Raymond Chandler, Třikrát Phil Marlowe, Praha: Odeon, 1967 (Translated by František Jungwirth, Heda Kovályová and Josef Schwarz).

Judging the book by the state of its cover, this copy of a Czech translation of Chandler has definitely found a readership, in over four decades since it was published. The book consists of three Chandler’s masterpieces  : The Big Sleep ; Farewell, My Lovely and The Long Good-Bye (Hluboký spánek –; Sbohem buď, lásko má –; Loučení s Lennoxem) ; It contains an afterword  by Josef Škvorecký.  (With thanks to Marcela Bucova) Continue reading

The “Smaragd” Mladá Fronta Crime Series

 

WeteringPNG Janwillem van de Wetering,  Masakr v Maine ( The Maine Massacre, 1979), Praha: Mladá fronta, 1985 (Translation Jaroslav Kořán, Illustration Tomáš Bím)

(With thanks to Marcela Poucova, University of Brno)

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Digital Book World Conference, January, 13-15, New York

NY Digital Book Conference

New challenges and new possibilities of reading and interrogating books for publishers, readers and critics , thanks to exciting new digital tools,  will be addressed at the Digital Book World Conference starting today in New York : http://conference.digitalbookworld.com/ehome/90839/digitalbookworldconference2015agenda/?&&#workshops