If you’ve read Georges Simenon’s classic of existential noir Dirty Snow you will probably believe there was mutual influence between Simenon. Georges Simenon’s Dirty Snow, a noir chronicle of a mean, vicious soul, is anything but the feel-good read of the summer. But novelist Jim. Georges Simenon is reasonably well-known as the Belgian author of the Maigret detective stories, but deserves to be a good deal more famous.

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Night and The City is on my top noir film list. Here are some passages I found special: His crimes are committed for no national, political, or personal cause. It takes great skill to make the reader care about such a flawed protagonist, but I hoped for redemption till the end. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I like the Lynley serie, btw. Needing to leave the apartment during work hours, he is easily attracted by the kind of people who accept him as part of their own, underworld.

This is collaborationist Vichy France. Learn how your comment data is processed. He runs with a rough crowd and as the book opens, he kills a man just for the thrill of it.

A dark and bleak tale of woe, a touch of mystery I’ve been wondering which character “dobbed” a country and system under Occupation and the lengths a person will go to survive.

I love The Strangerbut it reads like a case study. Yes, feel free to touch him, he fucks his mother’s girls every night while treating them like shit and is also trying to seduce the 16 year old virgin who lives across the hall.


You are commenting using your Facebook account. This book has gelled very well since I read it and it has become one of my favourite Simenon novels.

CIS: Georges Simenon’s Dirty Snow revisited » CRIME FICTION LOVER

I have a Kersch lined up for sometime in the future, so I really interested to see what you think of him. Whatever the case, it’s interesting in a sick sort of way to watch the progress of Frank’s life through the period covered by the book.

A sniw voice from the back asks plaintively: Frank, however, feels untouchable. Both books come from the same Gallic shrug, which offers as your only redemption authentic self-knowledge, no matter how good or how rotten you are.

Here the 2nd world war is very presen chilled me to the bone.

An interesting look on the British social classes system. In a large way, he and his mother are as culpable as the Occupiers, for they procure native girls to be used in their brothel by the Occupying officers. He knew he had behaved disgustingly. Mar 26, knig rated it it was amazing. What was it he had said? Snwo takes him a while to figure this out.

As you read, you dream, you breathe, you do not mistake what is before you as a mere replication, snoq mere photo, but as an object and universe burst forth from the heavy wellspring of an agitated imagination – like the brushstrokes of a painting it has weight, density, a life more meaningful than the perfect replication of the image of the object in its focus.


Toward Minna, though, he felt something like a pang of guilt. Vollmann opines “As technology and corporatism impel us more and more to treat one another like things, loyalty and decency approach irrelevance, except between intimates, and sometimes even then. I will try other works of Simenon but am left feeling dead eyed and empty for right now. For the record, there have been several translations of this novel.

CIS: Georges Simenon’s Dirty Snow revisited

The Maigret novels—I believe there are over fifty of them—seemed superior to most in that genre, filled with a certain ennui and jaded acceptance that went beyond the cynical aloofness of his American counterparts or the aloof cynicism of his more modern offspring. The main character of this novel is a young man named Frank Friedmaier, whose mother runs a brothel.

Posted by Anokatony on January 19, at 7: If the mother-son team are on a roll, they will keep two girls—one of whom also cleans the apartment.

January 28, at 4: Notify me of new posts via email. I bought What came before he shot her not long ago.