Monthly Archives: October 2016

Dashiell Hammett / Hardboiled / Writer [It’s a Crime: New Indian Express]

Hammett gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons, not just to provide a corpse; and with the means at hand, not with hand-wrought duelling pistols, curare, and tropical fish. He put these people down on paper as they are, and he made them talk and think in the language they customarily used for these purposes. He had style, but his audience didn’t know it, because it was in a language not supposed to be capable of such refinements… Continue reading

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Black Mask Magazine / Hardboiled / History [It’s a Crime: New Indian Express]

Detective fiction started as a genre in the mid-1800s, with Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’ and other adventures of the detective C. August Dupin. Some exceptional novels and short stories followed, most notably those of Wilkie Collins and Émile Gaboriau. The last years of the 1800s saw the arrival of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, of Sherlock Holmes and the Golden Age of detective fiction. Mostly, these mysteries eschewed too much of blood-and-gore, and were neither committed, nor solved by the common man. All that would change with the advent of the hardboiled detective and the Black mask magazine. Continue reading

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How Many Roads

We did not listen to English songs in Asansol. Actually cross that out, ‘we‘ didn’t, ‘they‘ probably did – the kids who stayed in bungalows and whose fathers were managers and directors in the industries that made our town an … Continue reading

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