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Open Access La Nuit du carrefour (1931): Maigret's Crossroads and Simenon's Charnière

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This article situates Simenon's La Nuit du Carrefour (1931) as a key moment in the author's reprogramming of crime friction. Internally divergent, often metatextual, the novel is steeped in a nocturnal ambiance that allies it with the literary modernism of the time. In descriptive mode, Simenon further exceeds the functionalism of his chosen genre by employing a visual grammar derived from inter-war modernist photography and film, and by hinting at complexities of character that unsettle rather than resolve his investigative plot.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2007

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  • The Irish Journal of French Studies is an annual international refereed journal published by the Association des Études Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande. Articles in English, French or Irish are welcomed on any aspect of research in the area of French and Francophone culture, society, literature and thought. Articles published within the last two years are available free online to members and may be purchased by non-members. All other articles are available on an open access basis.

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