Europa Launches World Noir Series
Europa Editions, known primarily for its celebrated literary fiction, also publishes critically acclaimed crime novels. During the Summer 2013 season, Europa will publish and reissue fifteen new and established noir novels from across the globe, each featuring a uniform Europa World Noir design.
“Europa Editions is good news if you’re a lover of crime novels.” – NPR
The new releases include Massimo Carlotto’s At the End of a Dull Day (Italy), Stav Sherez’s A Dark Redemption (England), Caryl Ferey’s Mapuche (France/Argentina), and Philippe Georget’s Summertime All the Cats are Bored (France).
The reissues include two notable and widely praised series. The Marseilles Trilogy (Total Chaos, Chourmo, Solea) by Jean-Claude Izzo, is a classic of European crime fiction. Its publication was the catalyst for an entire literary movement, Mediterranean noir. Carlo Lucarelli’s De Luca Trilogy (Carte Blanche, The Damned Season, Via delle Oche) will be published in a single omnibus edition for the first time.
Also available is Gene Kerrigan’s thematically-matched and much-heralded crime novels set in Dublin: Little Criminals, The Midnight Choir, and The Rage. The Rage recently won the coveted Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year.
To compliment and introduce the collection of World Noir novels, Europa has assembled a tribute to international crime fiction in the form of a 230-page reader, available as a bound edition and as an e-book (upon request). The essays, interviews, and excerpts that make up its pages constitute an informative and engaging assessment of the writers who have established a scintillating new genre.
Included in the reader are a tribute to Jean-Claude Izzo by bestselling mystery author Andrea Camilleri, Carl Bromley’s insightful overview of contemporary Italian crime writers that was originally published in The Nation, and an excerpt from the reissue of Minotaur, by the Israeli writer, diplomat, and artist Benjamin Tammuz. In keeping with the international flavor, the reader concludes with a collection of dossiers on the world’s most storied crime cities, assembling population statistics, murder rate, and the “perfect protagonist” for cities around the globe.