Sébastien Japrisot

The Art of Crime


Influential author of highly unconventional crime fiction, screenwriter, and occasional film director, Sébastien Japrisot was one of those rare contemporary writers in France able to establish an international reputation for himself. Although Japrisot’s novels in particular continue to be read and studied across the world, this volume is the first ever academic study of Japrisot’s work in the fields of both literature and cinema. Through a combination of thematic and text-specific studies, this volume takes in, and examines the legacy of, Japrisot’s work from his youthful writings under his real name, Jean-Baptiste Rossi, to his crime fiction and screen writings of the 1960s and 1970s, concluding with his final novel Un long dimanche de fiançailles ( A Very Long Engagement). It is both an essential introduction to Japrisot and a valuable academic assessment of his work’s importance in the field of contemporary French literature and film.

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Jacques DUBOIS: Preface
Martin HURCOMBE and Simon KEMP: Introduction
Part I
Martin HURCOMBE: Conflicting Testimonies: Dialogic Oppositions in Japrisot’s Suspense Novels
Véronique DESNAIN: Sébastien et les femmes: Gender and Identity in the Crime Novels of Sébastien Japrisot
Simon KEMP: Japrisot on Film
Part II
Victoria BEST: Patterns of Submission and Domination: from Jean-Baptiste Rossi to Sébastien Japrisot
Susan M. MYERS: An Allegory of Reading: Ambiguity, Discovery, and the Reader’s Role in Piège pour Cendrillon
Yolanda VIÑAS DEL PALACIO: Sébastien Japrisot: Adventures in Reading and Writing
David BELLOS: The Lesson of L’Été meurtrier
Claire GORRARA: Through the Looking Glass: Defeats of Detection in Sébastien Japrisot’s L’Été meurtrier
Andrea GOULET: Things Buried: Crypt and Cryptonym in Un long dimanche de fiançailles