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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The mood is claustrophobic, entirely in the head of a young man feeling his oats in an occupied European city during the Second World Dirtyy. Menu Skip to content Home About J.

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.

Posted January 18, by Anokatony in Book Reviews. The story line itself was certainly interesting enough to keep me reading, at least in the sense that I did continue to wonder what the outcome of this repellant chain of events would be. In the Flemish version he ended 77th place.

She describes how a boy, who was an ordinary boy of a poor neighbourhood in London siemnon a murderer, how the whole system social workers, school, police failed to prevent this good boy to become a delinquent. Notify me of new comments via email.

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

My first from this most prolific author, I was immensely impressed. Frank Friedmaier, an aimless amoral teenager living in a brothel run by his mother in Nazi-occupied Brussels, launches himself on a life of crime, beginning with the late-night fatal stabbing of a German officer.


He is a pimp, a thug, a petty thief, and, as Dirty Snow opens, he has just killed his first man. The first novel in the series, Pietr-le-Letton, appeared in ; the last one, Maigret et M. Ebbene, si direbbe che il percorso oscuro di Frank Friedmaier sia figlio di quel gigantesco Fyodor Dostoyevskyinsuperabile quando si tratta di descrivere la sofferenza funzionale alla salvezza dell’individuo.

An ugly period in film history. Then he heard a voice, Stan’s—Frank had forgotten about him. Where exactly is he being held?

CIS: Georges Simenon’s Dirty Snow revisited

Mar 26, AlcoholBooksCinema rated it really liked it Shelves: This is an honest novel about the sordid underside of life but it is compelling on its own terms. Simejon, Patricia Highsmith, Jim Thompson and now Georges Simenon are held in much higher esteem these days than they were during their lifetimes.

I’m at work and wasn’t going to write this review until later when I can get some quotes together, but I just sumenon it on the train this morning and had to write something down about how the book had got straight into simejon like some mainlined drug.

Some are out of print and others cost an exorbitant amount. He then commits another murder — of a former neighbor in his hometown rural village — in the course of a petty burglary. Without hope, and a fatalistic view of life, Frank is called in by either the Occupying police, or one of the local authorities, and he spends the rest of the book in confinement being tortured by an indefatigable old gentleman.

The old bag was made of different stuff. Although his motives seem vague and fluid, the main draw of murder for Frank is the thrill siemnon the first kill and the chance to impress the local criminals he admires, Kromer and Timo.


Was it the war?

And although time moves forward throughout the seasons, there seems always to be piles of soiled, stained, and dirtied snow. Usually so deliberate, he must have moved too quickly turning to say something to Stan, and the handkerchief slipped down. I highly recommended this penetrating existential novel published by New York Review Snod since there is a most insightful ten page Afterward written by William T. Return to Book Page. God, how tiny and gray she was!

However, even as things begin to spiral out of control, the reader is aware that things will quickly go wrong; and, indeed, they do. Finally, the treatment of sexuality is quite robust — hardly surprising, again, given Simenon’s own propensities.

NYRB Classics have republished a number of them. Thanks for the comment.

Sorry, I wish I had known your version existed, because I probably would have gone with that one. Why did the Taliban destroy the Buddhas of Bamiyan?

Anyone interested in the human condition. He never knew his father, only the brutality of both life and the State.

Failing to confront Holst, he only encounters his daughter Sissy.