Murder, death, and mystery… Well, who would have guessed? Here is the count of the top six words used in the titles of the 66 mystery novels by Agatha Christie, between 1920 and 1976 Continue reading
Month: June 2015
French Authors in the Circulo del Crimen Series
Source : http://www.todocoleccion.net
Compared with other Spanish series, Circulo del Crimen from the 1980s seems to suggest a decrease in the influence of “French” crime fiction in Spain. Out of a series of 120 books, Boileau, Dard, Exbrayat, Japrisot, Kassak, Leblanc, Le Breton and Simonin are the only French language authors, and they feature with solely one book each. Simenon, the only other translated from the French in this series, has two. Ten out 120 is a poor return for one of the literary traditions in which the crime novel was co-invented (together with the USA and GB) and in a country like Spain, where cultural exchanges with France were frequent and long standing.
Circulo del Crimen (Forum): A list of the 120 titles
(source :http://laflechanegrasigloxv.blogspot.co.uk/2009/07/coleccion-circulo-del-crimen-editorial.html )
This is a list of the 120 titles published between 1982 and 1986 in the eclectic Spanish series Circulo del Crimen, by the Barcelona based publisher, Forum.
Niamh O’Connor’s Seven rules for writing captivating Crime Fiction
Bestselling author and former Sunday World crime reporter Niamh O’Connor gave today a fascinating invited reading as part of the University of Limerick Consuming Crime conference, organised by Dr Marieke Krajenbrink and Dr Kate Quinn.
She has written a number of True Crime books, amongst them, I’m sorry Sir, a recent investigation on “Ireland’s BDSM killer”.
Here are the seven rules, which she gave as advice on how to write Irish Crime fiction stories with traction. Continue reading
Circulo del Crimen : A circular Dendogram
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The Dendogram above represents all the authors published in the influential series Circulo del Crimen. This Spanish series (Forum) published between 1982 and 1986, tended as a rule to only publish one book by author, and only exceptionally two (Simenon, Ed Lacy, Himes) and in the sole cases of McBain and Irish three volumes. As a result, it offered a broad and excellent overview on the Crime genre, showcasing its most important authors (at least from England, the USA, and, to an extent, France), represented by some of their best work.
Visualising generic changes: San-Antonio in the Special Police and San-Antonio Series
San-Antonio in the Spécial Police Series (1950-1972, 79 titles)
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San-Antonio Series (1972-1999, 96 Titles) Continue reading
Serials and the cultures of Modernity
Wednesday 24 June 2015, 4.00pm
ICRH Common Room. 18 University Square, Belfast Continue reading
Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine in Contemporary Women’s Writing
Tintin’s adventures in Hardboiled America
Tintin en Amérique, the third album installment of the world famous series of realistic comics drawn by Hergé, was first serialized in the Brussels-based Petit Vingtième, between 3 September 1931 and 20 October 1932. The colour version of the album dates from 1945. Tintin en Amérique is therefore, both for Americans and for Europeans, a contemporary of early noir novels. Not only does Tintin visit America just after the noir genre was invented there in the 1920s pulps (the first “hardboiled” novel considered to be Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest, published in 1929), but the colour edition coincides with the genre’s real discovery and vogue (in film and publisher’s series such as Gallimard’s Série Noire) in post-war Europe, when curiosity for America was at its peak. Of course, the plot of Tintin en Amérique owes more to the spectacular gangster-film tradition (and, in parts, to the western) than to the cultural malaise associated with the noir genre. Himself a product of media culture, Tintin was born in the newspapers. He works, diegetically, as a journalist (although he never sends any articles): his is a newsreel vision of America. Not by coincidence, his American adventures are set in Chicago and feature Al Capone.
(1945 version) (1931 version)
World’s Favourite Agatha Christie
What is your favourite book by Agatha Christie? Which are the most popular amongst readers worldwide? Here are a few titles to choose from, as presented on the website http://worldsfavouritechristie.com/books : This website asked fans to vote for the World’s Favourite Christie book and will release the results in September.
For more information on the vote