Le néo-polar: behind enemy lines

Jean-Pierre Manchette

in May 68 in French Fiction and Film

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780198715153
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191694929 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Modern European Culture

Le néo-polar: behind enemy lines

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This chapter discusses Black Exit to 68, which was the title of a collection of short stories about May by leading exponents of le roman noir and le polar, issued as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of May. Even though Le Monde gave it a mixed review, the films collections very existence is worthy of a discussion of the influence of May on it, and the magnitude of the subsequent influence of the thriller in France as a vehicle for social comment. The chapter also states that Jean-Patrick Manchete’s Nada was described as the ‘consecration du “neo-polar” genre sub-versify’, which was a renewal of the genre directly related to 1968 and the themes of the protest.

Keywords: Black Exit to 68; short stories; le roman noir; le polar; political thriller

Chapter.  9755 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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