Event Review: Noir is the Colour – The Anglo-French Connection

Thanks to Andy for this interesting read

Euro But Not Trash

The publication of Barry Forshaw’s sterling critical overview Euro Noir represents a significant acknowledgement that something remarkable is happening to crime fiction. Across mainland Europe murder is firmly on the agenda. In print, on TV, DVD, and in the cinemas the genre is undergoing a creative renaissance.

For decades commissioning editors remained resolute in their conviction that translated fiction was an unprofitable niche market with no possibility of crossing over into the mainstream. This long standing reluctance to issue significant amounts of English language versions of European texts was perplexing when confronted with data which reveals the phenomenal sales figures for George Simenon’s work.

Emboldened by the unexpected success of Scandinavian fiction publishers are now casting their nets wider, looking across the continent for new authors to introduce to the British market and finding a genre in rude health. Similarly, TV stations chasing the next breakout cult hit have looked…

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