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magazine littéraire
February, 2003
N° 417, pp 18-68

On the trail of
SIMENON

Liège • Paris • Moulins • Nevers • La Rochelle • Africa • Porquerolles • Sables-d'Olonne • New York • Switzerland

original French

 

Georges Simenon in 1963
Portrait by Raymond Moretti; ads
Simenon: "Every life is a novel" interview by Francis Lacassin
Chronology by Jean-Baptiste Baronian
Liège: Simenonville by Jean-Baptiste Baronian
Paris: Maigret in his city by Michel Carly
Nièvre: In the lands of the Marquis de Tracy by Michel Lemoine
La Rochelle: The city of the secret by Francis Lacassin
Africa: To the discovery of the naked man by Benoît Denis
Porquerolles: A golden isle by José Lenzini
Sables-d'Olonne: An ill-fated stay by Francis Lacassin
New York: To the two of us in Manhattan! by Paul Mercier
Vaud: Don't dream of Switzerland by Jean-Baptiste Baronian
The writing in question by Jacques Dubois
Simenon at the bookstore by Bernard Fauconnier
The Simenon Year by Valérie Marin La Meslée  

 

Simenon

The work of Simenon, the character of the novelist, summon the most used clich├ęs: the typewriter; so prolific that the abundance itself generates the distrust of "writers"; flatness of style; stereotypical characters; dominated by the massive Maigret, forever enclosed in his overcoat with the velvet collar, his pipe and his heavy step...
None of this is true. Simenon is of the same ilk as Maupassant (whose work was entirely written in about ten years), an apparently simple writer, a teller of tales. But one which the reader can discover indefinitely, taking up one of his books, and surely not being able to put it down again until the end. Simenon is also the novelist of places, cities, countries, and countrysides. One of the most convenient ways to greet the centenary of his birth and to consider this considerable work, is to follow the trail from the places he lived to those where he had his characters live...


Simenon in Paris [sic] in 1952

magazine littéraire
February, 2003
N° 417, pp 18-68

On the trail of Simenon
    On the trail
Portrait, ads
Every life a novel
Chronology
Liège
Paris
Nièvre
La Rochelle
Africa
Porquerolles
Sables-d'Olonne
New York
Vaud
The writing
At the bookstore
The Simenon Year 


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