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French crime fiction and the Second World War: Past crimes, present memories

Claire Gorrara


French crime fiction and the Second World War explores France's preoccupation with memories of the Second World War through an examination of crime fiction, one of popular culture's most enduring literary forms. The study analyses representations of the war years in a selection of French crime novels from the late 1940s to the 2000s. All the crime novels discussed grapple with the challenges of what it means for generations past and present to live in the shadow of the war: from memories of French resistance and collaboration to Jewish persecution and the legacies of the concentration camps. T ... More

Keywords: France, Second World War, Crime fiction, Resistance, Collaboration, Anti-Semitism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780719082658
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719082658.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claire Gorrara, author