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However, unlike the Superman stories discussed in Eco’s essay, the same crucial contradictions here shape a more complex dialectics between the two opposing movements, a sort of fragile balance between the tendency of modern popular fiction to annihilate history and chronology and a vibrant nostalgia for a more traditional awareness of time and experience. In this chapter I have discussed three early twentieth-century crime fiction cycles – French, English and German – comparing their serial structures.
For example, in ‘Las noches de Goliardki’ (The Nights of Goliardki) (Bustos Domecq 1998, 40–61) Gervasio Montenegro, an actor accused of theft and murder, visits Parodi for help. Montenegro represents the rising nouveau riche: described as tall, distinguished and with a dyed moustache, he uses circumlocutions and extremely affected language (over- and sometimes misusing French and Latin phrases), which becomes humorous as the register is clearly inappropriate for the situation. 13 Like many of Parodi’s clients, Montenegro boasts about his supposedly expensive tastes and luxurious life: to celebrate a stroke of luck at a card game he drinks a particular brand of champagne, El Gaitero (The Piper), which is actually an inexpensive local brand of cider.
By analysing their similarities and differences, I am able to sketch the state of serial crime fiction in three different countries and editorial contexts at the turn of the century. Finally, in the last part of this chapter I focus more closely on the contradictory situation expressed by Lupin’s body of work, and on the tactics employed to resist the new formula as well as the symptoms of the paradigm shift that can be found within it. Maurice Leblanc’s world famous ‘gentleman burglar’ Arsène Lupin first appeared in L’Arrestation d’Arsène Lupin (The Arrest of Arsène Lupin), published in the French magazine Je sais tout in July 1905.