The Etiqueta Negra (Black Label ) Series, published by Editorial Jucar (Gijón) from 1986 to 1995 comprises 140 outstanding noir novels (including the odd collection of short stories, such as Hammett’s Cuentos). They are from, mainly, America, France and Spain. By then of course, the canonisation process has happened elsewhere long ago (in France, in Gallimard’s Série Noire, mostly, and in Hollywood, obviously). Or it is already well underway: the noir genre’s winners in the international competition for literary survival are very well known. McCoy, Goodis, Himes, Thompson, Manchette, and Westlake, amongst others. But more recent authors, such as Ellroy, and rising stars in particular from France (Daeninckx, Jonquet, Pennac and Vilar) and Spain are integrated within the collection, and benefit the most from such a symbolic canonisation.
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