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Le Soir magazine
February 12, 2003

The Simenon Year

Simenonville remembers
Simenon in Paris
A star never honored
An immense œuvre
Simenon in the Pléiade
Treasures of the Simenon Collection
Intimate Memoirs of a son
His final residence
A life of breaks and changes
On the festival menu
The Simenon Production
They all played Maigret
At the movies, 57 films

original French

Simenon in Paris

Simenon arrived in Paris on December 14, 1922, at 11:00 at night...

For an eternity, I ate 12 croissants every morning with my three cups of coffee...

His work at that pace was able to nourish him, even in the Paris of the crazy years, where Simenon received much and learned about himself.

He was a kind of public writer, a machine for pouring out prose on demand for Fayard, Ferenczi, Tallandier, under 15 pseudonyms, more than 200 books, more than 1,000 stories, whimsies for romantic magazines, and other little pieces, in addition to his "Au pont des Arches", the first Sim, written at age 16½ in Liège.

From his difficult debuts in Paris, croissants and camemberts and then... money. But he was still just a poor man's Balzac, the other in gestation. He traveled much, notably by boat on the canals of western Europe, France, Belgium, and Holland...

René Henoumont

tr: ST 2/07

Le Soir magazine
February 12, 2003

The Simenon Year

Simenonville remembers
Simenon in Paris
A star never honored
An immense œuvre
Simenon in the Pléiade
Treasures of the Simenon Collection
Intimate Memoirs of a son
His final residence
A life of breaks and changes
On the festival menu
The Simenon Production
They all played Maigret
At the movies, 57 films


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