Frédéric Dard’s Romans de la nuit


This entry was originally planned as a private note, but I have thought it might be of a certain interest for readers of this blog. 

1-may-14 Frédérick Dard’s romans de la nuit (“novels of the night”) can be defined by their themes: Frustration, jealousy, crime, failure and alienation, fear; by its plots and narrative patterns (influences of Chase and Cain); their period of publication (mainly between 1956 and 1966); by a common criterion easy to spot: The “romans de la nuit” were all published under the name of Frederick Dard; and finally by their publication in the collection Spécial-Police des Editions du Fleuve Noir

Thus defined, the complete collection and their titles is as follows: Du plomb pour ces demoiselles, 1951; Les salauds vont en enfer, 1956; Délivrez-nous du mal, 1956; Les Bras de la nuit, 1956; Le bourreau pleure, 1956; Cette mort dont tu parlais, 1957; On n’en meurt pas, 1957; Le Pain des fossoyeurs, 1957; C’est toi le venin, 1957; Des yeux pour pleurer, 1957; Ma sale peau blanche, 1958; Une gueule comme la mienne, 1958; Le Tueur triste, 1958; Toi qui vivais, 1958; Rendez-vous chez un lâche, 1959; La dynamite est bonne à boire, 1959; Coma, 1959; Les Scélérats, 1959; Les Mariolles, 1960; Puisque les oiseaux meurent, 1960; Le Monte-charge, 1961; Le Cauchemar de l’aube, 1961; Le Cahier d’absence, 1962; L’Homme de l’avenue, 1962; La Pelouse, 1962; Quelqu’un marchait sur ma tombe, 1963; Refaire sa vie, 1965; Une seconde de toute beauté, 1966.

Source: Frédéric Dard Romans de la nuit, Préface et notices de Dominique Jeannerod.pdf

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