Last month, the Boston Phoenix
ran a full page article on the Mediterranean Noir movement, and Mystery Readers Journal
, after the success of its first issue on the same theme, devoted a second issue to mysteries set in Italy, giving ample space to writers belonging to and/or writing about the movement. And, in collaboration with the PEN World Voices festival and with support from a variety of European organizations dedicated to the promotion of art and culture, Europa Editions is planning a festival of Mediterranean Noir to be held in New York in spring, 2007.
Europe's most important literary movement of recent decades seems to be finding avid and keen readers in America, and a number of critics and journalists are giving it its due. Mediterranean Noir, whose major exponents include the French writer Jean-Claude Izzo
, the Algerian Yasmina Khadra, and the Italians Massimo Carlotto
, Carlo Lucarelli
and Giancarlo de Cataldo, offers a distinct variety of crime writing and emphasises the importance of this genre in a world of official fictions and organized crime legitimized in the name of the global free market.
Black & Blue:
Europa Editions' weeklong festival of Mediterranen Noir.
about Mediterranean Noir
from Mystery Readers Journal, Today In Italy
by Massimo Carlotto