Home is Where the Heart Is : Moving to the Netherlands in Post-War British Crime Fiction



Year of publication 2022
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description In my contribution, I have focused on the topics of immigration and finding home in British post-war crime fiction and compared the portrayal of these issues in two series, Nicolas Freeling’s Inspector Van der Valk series published predominantly between 1962 and 1972, and David Hewson’s Detective Pieter Vos series, which appeared between 2014 and 2017. I then argued that while both the series comment on the topic of immigration and home and even criticise the attitude of the Dutch towards newcomers, Freeling’s series does so only on small and often individual basis, while Hewson’s novels introduce the topic as both a personal matter, and a systematic issue anchored in the Dutch (and Western) society.
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