(British specialist magazine)
Translation: Sue Neale and E.Borgers
1998 this publication has presented readers with news and articles
dedicated to crime fiction and related areas.
Besides reviews of
newly published books, interviews with authors, and features on
specific topics related to this area of literary production, there
are also articles about crime films and their directors, newly published
DVDs, and more recently on TV crime series.
Columns are by Maxim Jakubowski (founder
One” the famous London crime bookshop, reviewer, editor, publisher
and author), Russell James (a well-respected British
author of noir novels) and Mike Ashley (a specialist
in genre literature, editor and essayist). The rest of the magazine
features articles by occasional collaborators, such as Max-Allan
Collins in the latest issue, or regulars like Mark
Campbell and Barry Forshaw (the magazine
More and more recently they have published
larger dossiers centring on a topic or an author. Sometimes a special
issue is devoted to a particular theme. Most recently these have
been on Eric Ambler (n°45) and Batman (n°46 – latest issue
at the time of this review).
Crime Time is published 5 times a year.
Each issue of Crime Time is
full of interesting content, and the subjects tackled are chosen
from a broad area, sometimes even dipping a foot into the rather
uncharted corners of crime literature and its history. Articles are
always based on solid research and thus the magazine, always responsive
to change, constitutes a valuable source of information and analysis
of the crime genre. In addition, being in English allows readers
to discover authors who seldom visit countries where English is not
the dominant languages. Among recent authors who have given interesting
interviews are Ian
Rankin, PD James, Michael Connelly, Colin Bateman. These
interviews are a real bonus for foreigners reading English.
Even though all crime and mystery genres are investigated in the
articles, a significant number are devoted to noir and neo-noir novels,
or other similar types. The present revival of the noir genre in
Britain and Ireland is certainly one of the reasons for noir being
well represented in Crime Time. This particularly applied to talented
authors like: Ian Rankin, David Peace, Colin Bateman, Ken Bruen,
Mark Billingham, Nicholas Blincoe, Russel James or Mark Timlin.
magazine is illustrated mainly in black and white with photos and
book covers and this is adequate as the rather small format of the
magazine (13x19.5 cm) and length (96 pages) does not allow for sophisticated
page layouts, but their design is clear and efficient. Economic constraints
are clearly the reason for this. The broad perspective of this magazine
ranges from whodunits and classic British detective fiction to contemporary
noir novels and also includes thrillers and best-selling crime fiction,
though they are mostly from English language writers . This particular
orientation, though understandable, is unfortunate as there seems
to be a lack of interest for crime fiction in translation. It is
only from time to time that there are indeed some topics devoted
to foreign crime fiction. One instance is the special issue devoted
to Simenon (inevitably) – though
he is a well-known writer who has been published in translation from
the early in his writing career. Also there was a “special” file
in n°37 where a few authors already translated into English like
Mankell, Lucarelli, Vargas, Indridason Arnaldur were featured.. Or
more recently, an article on English translators who compared their
experiences in dealing with foreign authors (French, Swedish, etc.).
In addition, in the book review section foreign novels in translation
are rarely featured. In defence of Crime Time,
however, though it is true to say that English language publishers
find little room for foreign authors (that is those not writing in
English), it should be noted that in Britain crime fiction publishers
are more open to foreign books. In America , on the contrary, publishers
as a general rule are totally uninterested in this area.
Time is very good specialist
journal, throwing light in an intelligent manner on English language
crime and mystery writing, writers and their publications. The
wide range of articles in each issue is of prime interest for aficionados.
And for others too.
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and contacts through e-mail)
Web site: www.crimetime.co.uk
Web site well stocked with: summaries of all the existing
issues of the “paper” magazine, interviews, some bios of authors,
reviews of novels, a few articles – and the subscription conditions).