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Marseille noir: Jean-Claude Izzo and the Mediterranean detective

Smyth, Edmund J. (2007) Marseille noir: Jean-Claude Izzo and the Mediterranean detective. Romance studies, 25 (2). pp. 111-121. ISSN 1745-8153

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Abstract

This article examines the noir cityscape which unfolds in Jean-Claude Izzo's Fabio Montale trilogy of novels set in Marseille — Total Khéops (1995), Chourmo (1996), and Solea (1998). There is a discussion of the role of Marseille and the Mediterranean in the trilogy published in the 'Série Noire', and specifically the manner in which Montale is presented as a Mediterranean detective. An analysis is provided of the trilogy as néo-polar, as roman noir engagé, and as an existential roman noir métaphysique.

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