Sunday, November 25, 2007

Paris, city of crime

What started with Poe and continued with Humphrey Bogart and David Goodis persists to this day. France still loves American crime fiction. The French movie version of Gil Brewer's novel 13 French Street opens this week.

Also on the cultural agenda: A stage production of Crime and Punishment (Crime et châtiment in the local tongue) opens with an all-Lithuanian cast. And we took a stroll along boulevard Richard-Lenoir this evening. Perhaps I'll knock on the door at Number 132 tomorow to see if Mme. et commissaire Maigret are at home.

Finally, a copy of Debout les morts by Fred Vargas (The Three Evangelists, in its English version) caught my eye in a bookshop at the Gare du Nord this afternoon. If I make suitable progress reading this excellent and highly entertaining French crime novelist in her own language, I'll be sure to spread the news.

© Peter Rozovsky 2007

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Blogger Linkmeister said...

If you're reading the French newspapers, keep your eye out for the original of the story about UnterGunther, the undercover heritage restorers who just got cleared of the crime of fixing the clock in the Pantheon without telling the Cultural Heritage department they were doing it.

November 26, 2007  
Blogger Peter said...

Thanks. That is a bizarre story. Imagine being arrested for winding a clock.

That story is another reason for the Paris cultural authorities to be embarrassed after the recent break-in and vandalism at the Musée d'Orsay by drunken partiers.

November 27, 2007  

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