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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

Georges Simenon the writer

Simenon in the Pléiade

On May 6, the prestigious collection la Pléiade will be enriched by 21 of Simenon's novels, in 2 volumes. The task of selecting the novels and the preparation of the notes and analyses was entrusted by Editions Gallimard some three years ago to two Belgian Simenon specialists, Professor Jacques Dubois, president of the Center for Georges Simenon Studies at the University of Liège, and his assistant Benoît Denis.

We were totally free to choose the 21 works which will be represented in the Pléiade. The choice was difficult and painful, says Jacques Dubois. We have of course included the inescapable masterpieces, "The Snow Was Black", "Act of Passion", "Mr. Hire's Engagement", "The Little Saint". We wanted the different periods of his life, French, American, Swiss, to be represented, continues Benoît Denis. As a result we have included works from his beginnings, less known, like "Tropic Moon" and "The House by the Canal", where, nonetheless, all of Simenon is already present. We have included relatively few Maigrets, as these novels have a rather pronounced standard and repetitive aspect.

And to round out our selection, we have chosen 2-3 of our favorites, like "The Train", a very powerful novel telling of a brief encounter and passion set against the exodus before the German wartime offensive, finishes Jacques Dubois.

Joëlle Smets

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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