Crime and capitalism: Giorgio Scerbanenco’s and Massimo Carlotto’s domestication of the American hard-boiled crime fiction

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The novels of Giorgio Scerbanenco and Massimo Carlotto represent the most selfconscious meditations about the relationship between capitalism and criminality within Italian crime fiction. In the 1960s Scerbanenco pointed at the capitalistic structure of organized crime, whereas in the 1990s Carlotto showed how capitalism had assumed the typical features of the mafia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-61
Number of pages11
JournalClues: a journal of detection
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Crime fiction
  • hard-boiled
  • scerbanenco
  • carlotto

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