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Herewith the Clues


Following Signature Strengths (2016), Herewith the Clues is the second instalment
 in a trilogy about genre fiction and publishing by Boy Vereecken. 

Editing and Design: Boy Vereecken 
Short Story: Shumon Basar
Text: Laura Herman
Images: Antoine Begon 

Published by

Caroline Schneider
Karl-Marx-Allee 78
D-10243 Berlin
www.sternberg-press.com

Kunsthalle Wien GmbH
Museumsplatz 1
1070 Wien, Austria
www.kunsthallewien.at Kunsthalle Wien GmbH is Vienna’s exhibition space for international contemporary art and discourse. The production of this publication was accomplished through the generous support of the Flemish Government

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An intricate web of envy, desire and aspiration. The story weaves conspiracy, coincidence, and a great but eccentric detective (think of a loner, drug-addict like Sherlock Holmes, or an obsessive-compulsive like Hercule Poirot). And, of course, a corpse. The investigation unravels from the classic question: ‘whodunit?’, followed by a methodical search for the killer. Based on narrative hiatus, speculations, and suspicions on the part of the investigator, as well as an intricate puzzle or riddle system that drives the story forward, the whodunit is a variation on the classic detective story: the reader is invited to wade through all the clues to discern between truth and deception, and identify a perpetrator whose identity and motives are unknown until the story’s ending. The whodunit flourished during the Golden Age of detective stories, between 1920 and 1950. Although the genre boasted many great women writers amongst its practitioners – Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers for example – it must be noted that the fiction from this period is still fraught with sexist and racist references. As Kathleen Gregory Klein argues in The Woman Detective: Gender and Genre (1988): “despite the important contributions of women to detective-story tradition, the sexist conventions of the genre drove most earlier women writers to create male detectives.”2

1. whodunit. Dictionary. com. Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. http://www.dictionary. com/browse/whodunit (accessed: April 2, 2018).

2. Kathleen Gregory Klein, The Woman Detective: Gender and Genre, University of Illinois, 1988.
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