Antiheroes: Mexico and Its Detective Novel

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Stavans's overall argument is that, in a national arena where moral decadence and political corruption prevail, the detective genre has been forced to embrace the hard-boiled model of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, rather than exploring its links to the more high-brow, sophisticated British tradition of Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. An enlightening treatise on parody as a literary device, this book is a fiesta that students of Latin American literature in particular, and fans of the art of slighting in general, will not want to miss.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Donald A Yates
9
Introduction
13
Addendum to the American Edition
19
Part I
23
Point of Departure
25
Parody and the Police
31
ABC or the Formula
43
Brief Overview
47
Jose Martinez de la Vega
88
Maria Elvira Bermiidez
91
Rafael Bernal
95
Carlos Fuentes
100
Sergio Pitol Rafael Ramirez Heredia et al
104
Paco Ignacio Taibo II
108
Part III
111
Revolutionizing the Formula
119

Constables and Sentries
55
RealLife Cases
64
The Critics Voice
70
Antonio Helii
75
Rodolfo Usigli 80
81
Rafael Solana
85
Vicente Lenero
124
Jorge Ibargiiengoitia
131
Jose Emilio Pacheco
139
Interview with Paco Ignacio Taibo II
144
Bibliography
164
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About the author (1997)

Ilan Stavans (born Ilan Stavchansky on April 7, 1961, in Mexico City) is a Mexican-American, essayist. He is the author of "The Hispanic Condition", "The Riddle of Cantinflas", and "The One-Handed Pianist & Other Stories" as well as the editor of "The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories" and a dictionary of Spanglish, among other volumes. He has been a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee, the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Latino Literature Prize, among other honors. He teaches at Amherst College.

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