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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‘Dirty Snow’ by Georges Simenon – Not Only the Snow was Dirty | Tony’s Book World

Are these 2nd-hand finds? Learn how your comment data is processed. View all 10 comments. I wonder how Simenon managed to write so many books and maintain a certain level in the language and quality of the plots and depth of the characters. Holst would never see him pressed up against the wall but Frank coughs to make sure Holst knows he is there.

I suspect I will sample him at least once more. Of Simenon’s important – that is, non-Maigret – work, this is the finest example. Afterward rather than Introduction is ideal in this case – under the assumption one has already read Dirty SnowVollmann critiques the novel in detail without risking giving anything away.

To ask other readers questions about Dirty Snowplease sign up. And even though I found the final turn of the plot to be less than ideal though still excellentI was so impressed with simenom brought me there that I didn’t care. Return to Sjmenon Page.

Frank says of one his guards:. He had rounded the cape. What was it he had said? The romans dur attract me more than the Maigret, but then I share your love of noir. Since the murder wimenon the officer Frank seeks out the witness Holst, who exhibits no signs of snitching on him or even awareness of Frank at all.


Thus they live much better than their neighbors.

The two men are polar opposites: I picked that up from a review that seemed to know what they were talking about. Here are some passages I found special: So why read this one? God, how tiny and gray she was!

Email required Address never made public. At one point Vollmann observes: Was it a crime to rob or kill German soldiers?

CIS: Georges Simenon’s Dirty Snow revisited

He knew he had behaved disgustingly. He is considered by some as the father of the noir genre. That was already decided. My ratings basically are indications of the experience I had reading a book, and what I thought I was able to take away from that experience. Call them buttonhole books, the ones you urge passionately on friends, colleagues and passersby. And to be honest, they were good reads. I have read very little Simenon although I have read the first Maigret.

It simenpn place in an unnamed city in an unnamed country. Altogether, about million copies of his works have been printed. Frank commits his murder, and the crime leads to more depravity. Frank has no real friends and doesn’t give a shit about anybody—not his fretful mother Lotte who runs a brothel out of their apartment, not Sissy the girl next door who’s infatuated with firty, and not Kromer his partner in crime.


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Filed under FictionSimenon. I don’t know enough about Simenon to know if he was influenced by American noir. Simenon’s In his afterword to this novel, William T. Finally, the treatment of sexuality is quite robust — hardly surprising, again, given Simenon’s own propensities. It feeds our snoq with the seamy criminal element. She had lost her immobility. First reading This is wonderful.

I bought What came before he shot her not long ago. Was it the war? Simenon portrays excruciatingly well the abject poverty, hunger and desperation faced firty the victims of war.

Notify me of new comments via email. Frank, however, feels untouchable.

E’ quasi una sfida al mondo, quella di Frank, che passa la giornate a progettare e compiere atti nefandi per il gusto di farlo, con insolenza. Simenon has crafted a tightly wrapped gem, very stream of conscious, where Frank tries to figure it out. He cannot find meaning, nor does he expect dorty, such is his cynicism and hopelessness.

Toward Minna, though, he felt something like a pang of guilt. A pitiful yellowish-gray lock of hair hung over her face. Obviously, there is xirty and disdain. Oct 22, Cphe rated it it was amazing Shelves: Was it the fact that he grew up the fatherless son of a woman who exploited other women?