"The 15 stories in Marrakech Noir are translated from Arabic, French and Dutch, and the crimes within are suited to a city where extreme wealth and poverty brush shoulders. There are women fleecing men, youths fleecing elders, guides fleecing tourists, and stories where everyone is trying to cheat everyone else."
In this hardboiled half-hour show, Guyer focuses on the role of the noir novel in Cairo, taking us from "The Three Apples" of The Thousand and One Nights to what Guyer calls the "neo noir" film The Nile Hilton Incident, the screening of which was recently prevented in Egypt.
Are gentleman-thieves and murder mysteries making a comeback in Arabic popular fiction?
Oum Cartoon blogger Jonathan Guyer has a piece up at the Paris Review this week about "The Case of the Arabic Noirs." In it, he argues that -- in Egypt, at least -- the crime novel might be coming back.