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13th November, 2013

Style over Substance? The “Frenchness” of Léo Malet’s crime mysteries

Event Details

13th November, 2013
College Building, City University London, St John Street, London EC1V 4PB
Free but booking required

Speaker: Professor Jean Anderson, Victoria University of Wellington

Series: Translation Lectures at City

Although his work is well-known in France, the impact of Léo Malet (1909-1996) remains minimal outside that country – only some half-dozen of his works from the 1950s have been translated into English. Malet’s style is arguably one of the reasons for the delay in translating his work: his colourful, often punning and always playful use of language is at times not unlike elements of the classic American hard-boiled, but also owes something to the innovative use of oral style often attributed to Céline (1894-1961), and the experimental writing of Oulipo.

Professor Anderson will look at some of the stylistic aspects of Malet’s work that align with popular writers and ask whether this playfulness can cross the barrier of translation into English?

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