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n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Der reisende Detektiv
Ermittler im deutschen Afrikakrimi
The travelling detective. The investigator in German crime fiction set in Africa
First examples of German crime fiction set on the African continent have been written in the 1970s. However, since the 1990s, but especially in the 21st century it has become a popular genre due to a general popularity of Africa in German fiction and the rise of African crime fiction by non-African and African authors alike. German crime fiction in Africa is set in various African countries and features different crimes and motives as well as differing detections. Nonetheless, they are mainly investigated and solved by a German investigator. This article outlines German crime fiction set in Africa, the characteristics of the investigator figure and his/her function in crime fiction. Furthermore, the paper presents and analyzes different types and selected examples of the investigator in German crime fiction in Africa. Finally, their motivation to investigate on the African continent and the motif to set German crime fiction in Africa is discussed.
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