Medsočje

Medsočje

Mirt Komel

crime novel, 2018, Literarna zbirka Goga

Medsočje is a crime novel that maintains the classical rules of the genre in the same way that a liar tells the truth: it breaks them. Especially by constantly jumping into other genres, like psychological, philosophical and bildungsroman. The reader is confronted with a journal of the writer Erik Tlomm, who finds himself in a town called Medsočje, located somewhere in the Soča Valley. The community, in which the protagonist lives more or less peacefully, is soon faced with a horrible murder, when they find the body a girl, naked and bound to a linden tree, split in half by lightning. A female detective, Dante D., is called to the scene and her and Tlomm form a Holmes-Watson type of relationship in order to uncover the murderer hiding in Medsočje.
The story is a multilayered read, that reminds us of novels by Umberto Eco - in the first layer we simply enjoy an excellent crime story, and into the others the author incorporates numerous hints to theory of crime fiction and the psychoanalytic school of thought.