Georges Simenon

Georges Simenon


Simenon, Georges (Joseph Christian) (b. Feb. 13, 1903, Liège, Belg. – d. Sept. 4, 1989, Lausanne, Switz.), Belgian-French novelist whose prolific output surpassed that of any of his contemporaries, and who was perhaps the most widely published author of the 20th century.

Simenon began working on a local newspaper at age 16, and at 19 he went to Paris determined to be successful. Typing some 80 pages each day, he wrote, between 1923 and 1933, more than 200 books of pulp fiction under 16 different pseudonyms, the sales of which soon made him a millionaire. The first novel to appear under his own name was Pietr-le-Letton (1931; The Case of Peter the Lett), in which he introduced the imperturbable, pipe-smoking Parisian police inspector Jules Maigret to fiction. Simenon went on to write about 80 more detective novels featuring Inspector Maigret, as well as about 130 psychological novels. His total literary output consisted of about 425 books that were translated into some 50 languages and which sold more than 600 million copies worldwide. In 1967 the publication of Simenon’s complete works began in France and Italy.

Simenon’s Inspector Maigret is one of the best-known characters in detective fiction. Unlike those fictional detectives who rely on their immense deductive powers, Maigret solved murders using mainly his psychological intuition and a patiently sought, compassionate understanding of the perpetrator’s motives and emotional makeup. Besides psychological novels and detective stories, Simenon’s other books include short-story collections and autobiographical works.   Simenon’s central theme is the isolated existence of the neurotic, abnormal individual. Employing a style of rigorous simplicity, he evokes a prevailing atmosphere of neurotic tensions with sharp economy.

Simenon lived in the United States for more than a decade from 1945, and later in France and Switzerland.

Penguin will be publishing 75 Maigret novels


The Red Barn @SimenonTweets

Gérard Depardieu va endosser le pardessus du commissaire Maigret via @lavoixdunord

Mon ami Antoine DULÉRY en pleine lecture d’un chapitre de Pietr-le-Letton sur le s...

Pierre Assouline: «C’est le moment de découvrir Maigret» - Le Temps

« Année Simenon au Vietnam » à l’occasion de la Journée internationale de la Francophonie 2019 - Le journal Nhân Dân

La condition humaine, Maigret compris | La République Des Livres par Pierre Assouline

Très bel hommage! Merci Pierre Assouline

Simenon dans les bibliothèques de la Ville de Paris... de quoi me maintenir bien occupé!👍

Pierre Assouline sur les 90 ans du commissaire Maigret : "Simenon a influencé beaucoup d’écrivains français" via @franceinter
Une très belle occasion de parler de Simenon/Maigret, bien sûr, mais aussi le grand plaisir d’échanger quelques mots, bien trop rapidement, avec Frank Bouysse.

Bel hommage! "Réviser ses classiques avec l'intégrale des Maigret" sur via @franceinter

Hi Dad,
Cette année verra de nombreuses célébrations du 30e anniversaire de ta mort, et je vais participer à un certain nombre d’entre elles. Mais je préfère tant fêter les naissances, et aujourd’hui, il y a 116 ans, c’était la tienne...

Hi Dad,
This year will see many celebrations of the 30th anniversary of your death, and I was invited to participate in quite a few of them. But I so much prefer birthdays, and today is yours, 116 years ago... What a better occasion to resurface on Twitter... Happy birthday Dad!

Je pense que c’est la dernière fois que je me sens orphelin... Adieu Bernard, tu vas me manquer

I look forward to these exciting developments in the world of @SimenonTweets

Trailers running for #Maigret episode on over Easter. @SimenonTweets @johnsimenon. Looking good. X

Maigret: Night At The Crossroads. Superb drama. A pleasure to interview Rowan Atkinson @johnsimenon again for @ITV

Fascinating talk from @johnsimenon & #RowanAtkinson about #Maigret this evening at the @BFI & @RadioTimes Television Festival

In the greenroom at the @RadioTimes and @BFI Festival just before the discussion with Rowan Atkinson about #Maigret. I enjoyed it a lot

About "Chez Krull" and today: I just wish I could say it as well as Julian Barnes…

Gabin (acteur), Audiard (dialoguiste), Simenon (romancier), Verneuil (cinéaste). Je vote pour eux, les yeux fermés.