Life is more mystery than misery

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England’s Gangsters and murderers

This has been one among the many activities included in the BcNegra program, in which authors Jake Arnott, Andreu Martín and Javier Calvo have discussed their work and have shared opinions about the England crime, mostly concerning the 60’s and its evolution up to the 90’s. Although author David Peace was also expected, he hasn’t been able to attend the roundtable due to expected earthquakes in Japan, where he lives nowadays.

All in all, it’s been a quite interesting conversation, mostly about the work of both British authors, although obviously the most interesting part it’s been dedicated to the work of the present one, Arnott, who has talked and reflected about concepts like the collective trauma that crime creates in society or the contrast that exists between the thirst for power vs. the British elegance in England.  On the other hand, Andreu Martín has posed interesting facts and reflections about fiction crime functions: like the fact that crime fiction becomes a cathartic way to express what is feared (crime) in a society, which is necessary because it becomes a way to think about while taking a distance by using literature as a medium. Then, both Calvo and Martin have used their time to make quite interesting questions to Arnott about his trilogy, although at the end the conversation has been oddly interrupted by the organization because timing issues, without giving the audience the opportunity to make any questions.

A quite interesting conversation with an abrupt end, but worthy of attendance.


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