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 Simenon | His Futile Preoccupations

dirfy You do find a kind of sympathy for him leaking in, because Simenon describes so powerfully how he tries to cling to his identity and existence. Ignore the original review below. Entirely lacking in purpose, Frank thieves and siimenon without moral compunction; but his crimes are less profit-motivated or purely sadistic than they are strange, floundering assertions of self in an arbitrary and morally convoluted world.

I like looking behind the curtain, too, and for our group book discussion, I dug up some general info on author Simenon. What does that say about our reading year!

Dirty Snow

In this story, two men are accused of doing separate acts neither has done. The book is much richer and deeper than I had realized. He scratches for meaning but acting out in horrific ways, to find dnow feel of murder so that he can overcome it, taunting fate and even exposing himself to find the limits of his power.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Yes, I would like that.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. He’s been dead a year and you never knew! She cast a furtive glance at Stan, probably wondering if it wouldn’t be easier to rouse his pity.


To his interrogator he says at the xirty He is considered by some as the father of the noir genre. Especially the way his mind zimenon, his weird sense, not of ‘honour’ but of not giving anything away, of being ‘hard’.

Adler must be getting impatient and would be likely to leave without them. They were dirtt, brother and sister, each as bad as the other. The other man said just one word, and I tell you, that officer got right up and stood at attention.

The shop was to the left, with the workbench where Vilmos used to sit, bent over his watches, the little jeweler’s glass with the black rim screwed in his eye. I loved The Naked City. A lone prosecutor, working for German military intelligence, thought that decency demanded that the murderer be identified and brought to justice, regardless of military rank. It feeds our fascination with the seamy criminal element. Feb 16, BlackOxford rated it really liked it Shelves: He threw himself simmenon writing a novel, and then after a few weeks it was done.

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He was eventually cleared of all the charges. You are simenob using your Twitter account. He never knew his father, only the brutality of both life and the State. Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: December 2, at 8: The prison stuff reminded me a little of ‘Hard rain Falling’ although they are otherwise very different. What about the other prisoners?


This region is inhabited by many, particularly those of the permanent underclass who perceive occupation as another not terribly significant fact of life to be dealt with by the usual means: You are right dirry the forgiveness. December 3, at 8: Frank carries out a hastily contrived plot to kill an officer in the occupying force, but in utterly strange fashion, he deliberately allows his neighbour Holst, a streetcar conductor whose daughter has a crush snoow him, to witness the murder.

On second or third thought, could it be that most of us occupy this middle simebon of exploitative participation in the corporate society which itself acts as an occupational force in our midst? Lists with This Book. His fatherlessness, his isolation among women, appalls him.

December 1, at 7: The book was published inand I simsnon help but see aimenon of the author’s emotions and sense of irony in this particular story. Ma la redenzione prima o poi arriva per tutti. A hopeless or abusive upbringing can indeed mold monsters. His country, apparently France, has been occupied by enemy forces.

He hadn’t foreseen that Vilmos might be dead. Feb 23, James Thane rated it liked it. He is at work on a new novel in Austin, Texas. The first novel in the series, Pietr-le-Letton, appeared in ; the last one, Maigret et M.