Crime Fiction in German: Der Krimi (European Crime Fictions)

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9781783168170: Crime Fiction in German: Der Krimi (European Crime Fictions)

Crime Fiction in German is the first volume in English to offer a comprehensive overview of German-language crime fiction, from its origins in the early nineteenth century to its vibrant growth in the new millennium. In addition to introducing readers to crime fiction from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the former East Germany, Katharina Hall expands the notion of a German crime-writing tradition by investigating Nazi crime fiction, Jewish-German crime fiction, Turkish-German crime fiction, and the Afrika-Krimi. Significant trends, including the West German social crime novel, women’s crime writing, regional crime fiction, historical crime fiction, and the Fernsehkrimi television crime drama are also explored, highlighting the genre’s distinctive features in German-language contexts.

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About the Author:

Katharina Hall is associate professor of German at Swansea University, and she runs the crime fiction blog Mrs. Peabody Investigates.

Review:

“An impressive survey of the field, from the genre’s first stirrings and it regional inflections in Austria and Switzerland, through to discussions of the Afrika Krimi (crime fiction set in or about Africa), the Frauenkrimi (crime fiction written by, for and about women), historical crime fiction—a subgenre currently enjoying a boom in both English and German—and a brief history of the Fernsehkrimi (television crime drama in German). Each chapter ends with an English language extract from a relevant Krimi (crime novel). Indeed, quotations are translated throughout, making the book accessible even to non-German speakers, and there is an annotated bibliography that will be invaluable to those researching the subject.”
  (Times Literary Supplement)

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