Crimes, Sins, and Monstrosities
Evil in Literature
  Enigma in Auster and Pynchon


Oedipus and the Sphinx
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres · 1808
Musée du Louvre · Paris

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The passage from modernism to postmodernism brought about a change in aesthetic and philosophic concerns: instead of questions about how to know the answer of an enigma, the very existence of the enigma is questioned. As detective fiction focuses mainly on who committed a crime, it is expected that in postmodernism essential changes will take place in narrative. Such possible changes – or their absence – are the object of this research.