Cracking up: Interpreting the crime scene(s) in Claudia Piñeiro's Las grietas de Jara

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Abstract

Lasgrietas de Jara (2009) [A Crack in the Wall (2013)], like many fictional works of Claudia Piñeiro (Argentina, b. 1960), employs certain recognizable elements of the crime novel. Although no police or detectives ever investigate, this novel has a buried crime scene at its core, around which the plot is constructed. In summary, a firm of architects has rid itself of a troublesome neighbour, Nelson Jara, who was interrupting their construction work by persistently complaining of a crack in his wall. The scene of Jara’s death is the building site itself; his body is flung into the concrete foundations. The completed building then becomes the architects’ office, guarding their guilty secret. I examine the centrality of this subterranean crime scene to Piñeiro’s novel, where construction as/over the scene of a crime lends itself forcefully to symbolic and ethical interpretation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCrime Scenes
Subtitle of host publicationLatin American Crime Fiction 1970s to 2010s
EditorsCharlotte Lange, Ailsa Peate
PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Group
Chapter5
Pages111-132
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781787074378, 9781787074361, 9781787074385
ISBN (Print)9781787074354
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2019

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