American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Simenon, Georges Joseph Christian 1903-1989. Belgian-born French writer known especially for his detective novels featuring Inspector Maigret, including Maigret's Memoirs (1950).
- n. French writer (born in Belgium) best known for his detective novels featuring Inspector Maigret (1903-1989)
“Georges Simenon is the forum Vintage Crime's author of the week.”
“Tropic Moon by Georges Simenon, 1933 Georges Simenon spent only a short time in Gabon during a two-month African journey in the summer of 1932, but he was able to turn the experience into a devastating sketch of French Equatorial decadence, stripped of exoticism, punctuated by adultery and murder, and palpably suffused with boredom, petty resentment and moral squalor.”
“There are scores of other outstanding Simenon novels to choose from among the hundreds he published, but "Tropic Moon" is an excellent point of entry into his harsh and disenchanted world.”
“There are certain writers who feature in a large way in the NYRB Classics series — some, like Simenon and Victor Serge, I've written about in the past; others, like Sylvia Townsend”
“For readers who enjoy foreign mysteries in the style of Georges Simenon.”
“But I don't believe I was thinking of Simenon, of whom, I'm embarrassed to admit, I read little during the writing of my novel.”
“Again, the voice is the draw here, combining the world-weariness of Le Carré with the vinegar of Simenon.”
“Mysterie s as well as 17th-century poetry, potboilers as well as serious novels, Eliot and Joyce but also "the incomparable Simenon": literary, historical, biographical, political lore of all sorts were his goad.”
“We visit the local grocer, who tells the investigative police officer who seems straight from a Simenon detective novel, with his stern dark eyes and pressed coat that of course he will tell everything: "I believe in society.”
“By 1939, when war broke out again, Simenon was a highly successful popular novelist who had decided to terminate the Maigret series and work to win the Nobel Prize with his romans durs ( "hard novels"), as he called his litera ry fiction.”
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