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[Past Event] International Crime Fiction: Japan | Livestream Zoom

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Our exploration of crime fiction around the globe continues with two masterful novels from Japan. Seicho Matsumoto’s "Inspector Imanishi Investigates" (1961), is a Tokyo-set police procedural by Japan's foremost master of mystery that offers an indelible portrait of mid-century Japanese culture and society. "The Devotion of Suspect X" (2005), by Keigo Higashino, provides a twenty-first century vision of Tokyo and its police force. As we immerse ourselves in these mysteries, we will consider how life in Japan has transformed over the half-century between the two books. We will also explore ways that each borrows and builds upon Western crime fiction tropes, as well as how cultural specifics shape the narratives and set them apart from their American and British counterparts.


Tuition: $45.00

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Thursdays, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23 *1:00 - 2:30pm* (4 sessions)


Course will meet via Zoom and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. A Zoom link will be emailed to each participant prior to the class session.


Robert Weibezahl, M.A., is a writer, editor, critic, and playwright who has worked with Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and bestselling authors. The author of novels, non-fiction books, as well as short stories and poems, he wrote a monthly literary column for "BookPage" for twenty years.