Category Archives: Literature

Stomatopoda (or the editor as killer crustacean)

I translated Ingrid Astier’s essay which honors Aurélien Masson, the editor at Gallimard’s la Série Noire imprint. While the translation was intended to appear in the proceeds from NOIRCON 2016, space and printing costs excluded it. Masson received the David … Continue reading

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States of Noir: I and II

I translated this essay from the award-winning author Dominque Manotti in honor of Aurélien Masson, director of La Série Noire at Gallimard. Part I appeared in the proceeds of NOIRCON 2016. Masson received the David Goodis Award at the conference … Continue reading

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The Bear and the Bulldog

There are two parts to this argument, and neither of them offers a definitive conclusion. There is the novel – the bear – of the title and then the short story, the bulldog. Nobody would think twice about who would … Continue reading

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The Third Man Disappeared

Villain. Victim.Voyeur. Once upon a time and not long ago, the Detective was the third man in crime fiction. I’m not exactly sure when that changed, but it did. I believe crime fiction changed when the criminal became either sympathetic, … Continue reading

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Marcelle Sauvageot: Love’s deceptive pirouette

The best works of literature speak to the eternal, the human condition, irrespective of historical context, their original language, or the author’s gender. Marcelle Sauvageot’s Commentary belongs to world literature because it depicts the human situation and because it defies … Continue reading

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The Necessary Murder: Part III

The eyes of the crow and the eye of the camera open On to Homer’s world, not ours. I began with Auden and his “Spain” in Part I because he, like his fellow writers in the Thirties, advocated violence against … Continue reading

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The Necessary Murder: Part II

“I am twenty-six inches tall, shapely and well proportioned, my head perhaps a trifle too large.” In 1944, with World War II in the background, the Swedish writer Pär Lagerkvist composed The Dwarf (Dvärgen), which Alexandra Dick translated for the … Continue reading

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