One standout phenomenon of literature from the turn of this century is the detective novel with its relevance and sharp rise in popularity. This trend has played out similarly in the literature of so many countries that scholars of world literature have had good reason to seize the genre as a new impetus for their global assessments of literary production (Steward King suggests as much in the article whose translation appears in this issue). (...)


The Mystery in the Image. Czech Writers Solving Crimes in the Art World

Anna Gawarecka

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“Sir, if you will, everything but

the criminal case is a puzzle;

the case becomes a fragment

carefully extracted from reality,

just a snippet of it, momentarily

caught in the spotlight.”[1]

The structural parameters for crime literature have been the subject of numerous overviews, critical essays, and recapitulations.

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How Much Crime Novel is there in the Crime Novel? On Genre Reflexivity in Gaja Grzegorzewska’s Stony Night

Klaudia Pilarska

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The contemporary Polish crime novel is a fascinating but unusually complex phenomenon. It would be difficult to sketch out a Polish school of crime literature, as we might do more easily in the Scandinavian context. Nor is it easy to identify commonalities among Polish authors.

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