Inspector Barlach Mysteries The Judge and His Hangman and Suspicion

ISBN-10: 0226174441
ISBN-13: 9780226174440
Edition: 2006
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Description: This volume offers bracing new translations of two precursors to the modern detective novel by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, whose genre-bending mysteries recall the work of Alain Robbe-Grillet and anticipate the postmodern fictions of Paul Auster and other  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

This volume offers bracing new translations of two precursors to the modern detective novel by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, whose genre-bending mysteries recall the work of Alain Robbe-Grillet and anticipate the postmodern fictions of Paul Auster and other contemporary neo-noir novelists. Both mysteries follow Inspector Barlach as he moves through worlds in which the distinction between crime and justice seems to have vanished. In The Judge and His Hangman, Barlach forgoes the arrest of a murderer in order to manipulate him into killing another, more elusive criminal. And in Suspicion, Barlach pursues a former Nazi doctor by checking into his clinic with the hope of forcing him to reveal himself. The result is two thrillers that bring existential philosophy and the detective genre into dazzling convergence.nbsp;

Sven Birkerts teaches at Mount Holyoke College and the Bennington Writing Seminary. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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