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Crime across the Continent

Posted on 15/11/2011

Giuliana Pieri

The links found in Italian crime fiction and the murky world of politics will be revealed during a talk by Royal Holloway lecturer Dr Giuliana Pieri this week.

Dr Pieri will be offering a critique of the successful contemporary crime writer Andrea Camilleri, during an event at the British Library on Friday (18 November), which will explore contemporary crime fiction from across Continental Europe. She will explore Camilleri's early work, which uses this popular genre to tackle difficult social and political issues.

“The idea underpinning the talk is the way in which contemporary Italian crime fiction offers an often pithy critique of contemporary Italian politics often through the use of the past not as mere setting but as a way to engage with the underlying problems of Italy,” Dr Pieri said. “It is quite topical in many ways given the current situation in Italy at the moment.”

Dr Pieri, Senior Lecturer in Italian and the Visual Arts, from the School of Modern Languages Literature and Culture at Royal Holloway, is an expert in Italian crime fiction. She recently appeared on the BBC 4 documentary Italian noir and her publication, Italian Crime Fiction, which features chapters by leading British and North-American scholars tracking the history and development of Italian detective and noir fiction from the 1930s to the present, has just been published by Wales University Press.

The event at the British Library, which has been organised by the library's European Studies department, will also feature talks by publishers, writers and translators and will look at crime fiction as a vehicle for social and political analysis, both contemporary and historical, and the part crime fiction has to play in the transmission of European cultures.

For more information on the event, or to book tickets, visit the British Library event website.


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