Foreign Bodies: A History Of Modern Europe Through Literary Detectives
Monday 22 October
BBC RADIO 4NEW
In crime fiction, everyday details become crucial clues: the way people dress and speak, the cars they drive, the jobs they have, the meals they eat. And the motivations of the criminals often turn on guilty secrets: how wealth was created, who slept with whom, what somebody did in the war. For these reasons, detective novels often tell the story of a place and a time much better than more literary novels and newspapers, which can take a lot of contemporary information for granted.
The series will feature popular modern protagonists - including Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander, Jo Nesbø's Harry Hole and Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano - through Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus and Lynda La Plante's DCI Jane Tennison back to Friedrich Dürrenmatt's Inspector Barlach, Josef Skvorecký's Lieutenant Boruvka and a Belgian created by an Englishwoman and a French cop created by a Belgian: Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot and Georges Simenon's Jules Maigret.
The series accompanies BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of the Martin Beck novels, written by Swedish husband and wife Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, and BBC Radio 4 Extra’s reading of The Judge And His Hangman by Friedrich Durrenmatt.
Presenter/Mark Lawson, Producer/Robyn Read for the BBC
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