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.
|Title of host publication||Crime Scenes|
|Subtitle of host publication||Latin American Crime Fiction 1970s to 2010s|
|Editors||Charlotte Lange, Ailsa Peate|
|Publisher||Peter Lang Publishing Group|
|Number of pages||21|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9781787074378, 9781787074361, 9781787074385|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Jun 2019|