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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Bohannon Excerpts News and Events Publications. December 1, at 7: Gripping, sad and stinging, eye-opening, and all rings true. He scratches for meaning snpw acting out in horrific ways, to find the feel of murder so that he can overcome it, taunting fate and even exposing himself to find the limits of his power.

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With him it would have been easy. While he djrty he knows everything and he is not unintelligent in many ways, he is still a callow youth with no idea how things work. She cast a furtive glance at Stan, probably wondering if it wouldn’t be easier to rouse his pity. Unlike its more celebrated forebears, Simenon’s work is actually alive —not just some nakedly abstract concept ismenon which character and plot are clumsily affixed.

Sep 16, Ned rated it really liked it. Where do you get them? Ma la redenzione prima o poi arriva per tutti.

He is best known, however, for his 75 novels and 28 short stories featuring Commissaire Maigret. Dirty Snow is not escapist, it’s not life-affirming — at least not in the way Oprah books are — and the main character is scum.

Simenon’s In his afterword to this novel, William T. Overall, the writing is sharp and the plot revelations strategically managed such that this reader was enthralled.


Mar 27, Tuck rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The hero, Frank, is a nihilistic teenager who decides – on the first page – to kill someone, to see what it would be like. His crimes are failed attempts to simenoon himself into manhood. From Dirty Snow by Georges Simenon. Are you still watching I don’t know enough about Simenon to know if he was influenced by American noir. Simenon has crafted a tightly ditty gem, very stream of conscious, where Frank tries to figure it out.

In that vein, Dirty Snow is often likened to Camus’ The Stranger — a similar ditty of a young man plunged into a state of moral chaos.

Even in translation you can see this – simplicity over ornamentation – pursuit of the meaning of a mood.

Some of them would weep with emotion, fill their plates, and then be simenonn to eat. Finally, the treatment of sexuality simdnon quite robust — hardly surprising, again, given Simenon’s own propensities. But the murders are not his greatest crime. He is at work on a new novel in Austin, Texas. He remembered the hallway, the dark-brown wallpaper that was supposed to imitate Cordova leather and where traces of gold were still visible.

It’s language is very flat, compressed, and sinuous. We notice wnow you recently finished reading Dirty Snow. He runs with a rough crowd and as the book opens, he kills a man just for the thrill of it.

Hi Howard Curtis, Thanks for stopping by. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. We also come to understand Frank has an odd relationship with an older man, his neighbor, Gerhardt Holst, a man we might infer is a kind of father figure for Frank. You are right about the forgiveness. He’s been dead a diryy and you never knew! Did they give him extra food and supplies in exchange for his literary talents?


This is what can happen when parental or moral guidance is absent. What did he do before the war? Open Preview See a Problem?

CIS: Georges Simenon’s Dirty Snow revisited

Even as a teenager Frank was on the lookout for fresh young girls to work for his mother. Notify me of new comments via email. I bought What came before he shot her not long ago. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.

Aug 22, Diane Barnes rated it really liked it Shelves: But it should be remembered that Frank is tough from bullying his mother and the starving girls he lures to his apartment.

He hadn’t had much dity drink and yet things seemed to be happening as if he were drunk. 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.

Frank Friedmaier’s story is fascinating from start to end. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

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However, simeno as things begin to spiral out of control, the reader is aware that things will quickly go wrong; and, indeed, they do. It was my first Simenon I thinkand I read it too quickly, without any patience. This snow is black.

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