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Contemporary German Crime Fiction

A Companion

Edited by: Thomas W. Kniesche

A companion to contemporary German crime fiction for English-speaking audiences is overdue. Starting with the earlier Swiss “classics” Glauser and Dürrenmatt and including a number of important Austrian authors, such as Wolf Haas and Heinrich Steinfest, this volume will cover the essential writers, genres, and themes of crime fiction written in German. Where necessary and appropriate, crime fiction in media other than writing (TV-series, movies) will be included. Contemporary social and political developments, such as gender issues, life in a multicultural society, and the afterlife of German fascism today, play a crucial role in much of recent German crime fiction. A number of contributions to this volume will comment on the literary reflection of these issues in the texts. The goal of the volume is to make available to English-speaking audiences, to students, teachers and to a wider circle of interested readers, a series of articles on genres, topics, authors, and texts that will help them understand the scope and depth of German crime fiction, its ties to international traditions and also the specificity of the German context, its historical development and contemporary situation.

  • Provides an in-depth analysis of recent trends in German crime fiction
  • Covers a wide variety of authors and texts
  • Written by experts in the field of crime fiction in German

Author Information

Thomas W. Kniesche, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

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Audience: Professors and students of German literary and cultural studies; readers of contemporary crime fiction