Your Grandfather detective novels definitely did not pass criteria set up by socrealism.
It it not about being frivolous or distracting - Detective novel was "a product of the capitalists, bourgeois culture"- not good for working class unless for example detected was a thief who interrupted important production in the factory and the crime was discovered by NKVD or other regime police etc.
The most important reason for your Grandfather arrest by NKVD, I guess - that he was recognized as a potential enemy of the Soviet Union. He was a lawyer and editor of several pro-nationalist newspapers and he belonged to intelligentsia class not to working class.
In 1940, Lwow was occupied by Russians.
There was a group of writers and intellectuals who worked with local newspapers allowed by NKVD or belonged to union of Writers (Zwiazek Literatow). Those who decided to cooperate with new rulers were obligated to write only positive information.
Then Germans came to Lwow in 1941 and killed university professors, many writers, scientists and intellectuals. Both Russia and Germany systematically tried to eliminate the most educated individuals.
What is the name of your Grandfather - I have Encyklopedia in polish at home and also can search on polish internet..
>This may seem like a strange question, but would detective novels not have
>passed the socialist- realism test?
>The reason I ask is that my grandfather, who was arrested in 1940 by the
>NKVD, was the first writer of this genre in Poland and wrote a number of
>popular detective novels which were serialised in various newspapers (e.g.
>Lwow Kurier). One of them was made into a movie and starred Eugeniusz Bodo.
>There were probably other reasons he was arrested (he was a lawyer, was the
>editor of several pro-nationalist newspapers and an aristocrat), but his
>manuscripts were confiscated from him on his arrest, and after his
>disappearance, so too has all knowledge of his novels, though some can be
>found in antique bookshops in Poland. Would they have been seen as
>frivolous or distracting?
>I would be grateful if you could shed any light on this.