Tuesday, 23 August 2011

The Postmodern Mystery. . .

Now here's a fantastic reading list to work your way through. Ted Gioia has written an essay entitled "The Eight Memes of the Postmodern Mystery", citing such characteristics as "The Author Appears As a Character . . . Or Even a Suspect", "An Obsession With Texts", and "The Wounded Investigator". He warns that, "fans of conventional whodunits may do well to steer clear of these books, which will thwart their expectations, mess with their minds, and possibly undermine their faith in the triumph of law and order. Put simply, these books are not for the faint of heart."

Absolutely my type of reading!

You can read his essay here. And he's also included a list of Fifty Essential Works here. I've read only seven of the titles but all were completely original and memorable. And now I've quite a few more to add to the reading pile. Thanks to Literary Saloon for the link.

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