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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

A Life of Breaks and Changes

1903 : birth in Liège, officially Thursday, February 12, actually, Friday the 13th.
1919 : reporter at the Gazette de Liège.
1922 : departure for Paris.
1923 : marriage to Régine Renchon, nicknamed Tigy.
1925 : meeting Joséphine Baker with whom he has a relationship until 1927.
1932 : move to the French countryside near La Rochelle and travels to Africa.
1933 : travels in Europe.
1934 : travels to New York, to the Galapagos Isles, Australia, the Red Sea...
1939 : birth of his son Marc.
1945 : departure for America and meeting Denyse Ouimet.
1949 : birth of John, his second son, with Denyse.
1950 : divorce of Simenon and Tigy.
1952 : travels to Europe and triumphant tours of Paris, Liège, Brussels.
1953 : birth of his daughter Marie-Jo.
1955 : definitive return to Europe and move to the south of France.
1957 : move to Switzerland into the château of Echandens.
1959 : birth of Pierre, his third child with Denyse.
1963 : move to Epalinges, near Lake Geneva, into the immense house he'd had constructed.
1964 : Denyse leaves Epalinges definitively for her stays in psychiatric clinics and rural villages in France.
1972 : move with Teresa, who before becoming the woman of his life, was his live-in nurse, into an apartment in Lausanne, then into the little house on the Rue des Figuiers in Lausanne.
1978 : Marie-Jo's suicide.
1984 : operation for a brain tumor.
1987 : paralysis of his left arm and legs.
1989 : death at a hospital during the night of September 3-4. His three sons learn of his death on the news, according to the terms of his will.

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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