Noir novels by Yasmina Khadra as the reflection of a country
Conversation with Yasmina Khadra and Luca Crovi
“The noir genre has the ability to clearly and immediately show things that other literary genres can only touch upon”. This is how Yasmina Khadra explains the extraordinary effectiveness with which this type of narrative is able to represent the historic and social reality of a country.
Khadra stands out amongst the authors who have made best use of the potential of noir as a “social novel”, and indeed his detective stories marked a turning point in the development of the genre. With a critical, disenchanted eye, the author represents the evils that corrode the fabric of Algerian society, demonstrating how through the pen of a great writer, noir is able to become a powerful instrument of condemnation. Yasmina Khadra will be talking to Luca Crovi, a renowned expert of detective stories in all their different forms and settings, about how noir reflects the harsh reality of Algeria.
rock critic and radio speaker, conducted the programme Tutti i colori del giallo broadcast by Radiodue for nine years. Since 1993 he has worked as an editor for Sergio Bonelli Editore. He has published the essays Delitti di carta nostra: una storia del giallo italiano (Puntozero) and Tutti i colori del giallo (Marsilio).
Along with Stefano Priarone he wrote the monographs Mister Fantasy. Il mondo segreto di Tolkien (Passigli) and Stephen King. L’uomo vestito di incubi (Aliberti). With Seba Pezzani he wrote the rock thriller Tuttifrutti (Passigli). With Franz Campi he edited the crime anthology centred around music L’assassino è il chitarrista (Puntozero) and with Claudio Gallo Cuore di tigre by Salgari (Piemme).
In the I Corsivi del Corriere della Sera book series he published Il giro del mondo in giallo and Gli incubi di Stephen King. In 2015 he edited for Guanda the noir anthology centred around women Il cuore nero delle donne. Otto storie di assassine. Since autumn 2015 he has curated the Giallo Naviglio section for Radio Popolare.
Sunday 6 March, 5.30 pm
San Francesco Convent