Georges Simenon

Georges Simenon

Author (1903 - 1989)

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

Publications

The Red Barn @SimenonTweets

The @BudapestTimes reviews the @classicpenguins’ recent edition of Simenon's "The Venice Train" in a new translation. Don’t miss this !👇 https://cutt.ly/fKMGlZb

"Au fond, n’ai-je pas été toute ma vie qu’un petit garçon qui éprouvait le besoin de se raconter des histoires ?"

—— Georges Simenon, Tant que je suis vivant (1978)

+ d’infos sur ce titre 👇
@PressesdelaCite / https://cutt.ly/CKCzv5V)

🇮🇹 Wether familiar with the Italian language or not, one could listen to Ena Marchi for hours when she's talking about Simenon and the publishing process of his works in Italy by @adelphiedizioni ! 👇 https://youtu.be/zQBt3zpPKJE

What a summer treat for German readers from @KampaVerlag : seven new Maigret published simultaneously !

You know what to take on a desert island, all you need now is to find it.
🏝Schönen Urlaub 🏖 !

More information 👉 http://urlz.fr/iFEu

"Simplement, pour un temps indéterminé, je vivais sur un autre plan, où les valeurs n'avaient plus rien de commun avec celles de mon ancienne existence".
—— Georges Simenon, Le Train (1961)

📷 : new 🇬🇷 edition by @AgraPubli
👉 https://cutt.ly/2KIgRRW

🇬🇧Friendly reminder : Simenon’s novel THE VENICE TRAIN is available in a newly translated edition by @classicpenguins 👇

"Qui, des Anglais, des Belges ou des Français se fera mettre le premier à la porte de l’Afrique ?"
—— Georges Simenon, article paru dans "Voilà", 12 novembre 1932.

New 🇪🇸 edition of LA MORT DE BELLE available today in spanish bookshops !

More information here 👉 https://cutt.ly/bKvXfhz

"Chaque famille a un cadavre dans l’armoire..."
—— G. Simenon, Les Sœurs Lacroix (épigraphe)

📷 : nuova edizione 🇮🇹, da oggi in libreria 👉 @adelphiedizioni / https://cutt.ly/SKkA0Ck

Robert Capa reads Simenon's 'A Face for a Clue' ("Le Chien jaune") in a bathtub at the home of fellow photographer, Myron Davis, October 01, 1942.

📷 : © Myron Davis

Jean-Louis Trintignant & Romy Schneider dans l’adaptation par Pierre Granier-Deferre du roman de Georges Simenon "Le Train", aux côtés de Romy Schneider, 1973.

🇪🇸 The 4th title of the new Simenon series by @Acantilado1999 & @AnagramaEditor will be published next week ! We hope you like this new graphic treat by @mariapicasso as much as we do !

🤔 Question : which Simenon’s book hides behind this splendid cover ?

"There is atmosphere all around us, and therefore also around the characters in a novel. Let us not forget that a change in atmosphere can change the mood and even the very life of a human being."

—— Georges Simenon, interview (Il Lunario, 1985)

"If you are to be rained in while camped in Africa, there is nothing better than Simenon and with him I did not care how long it rained".
---- Ernest Hemingway, "True at first light : A fictional memoir" (1999)

"Il est dans la vie des moments où les sensations atteignent une telle intensité, que l'être qui les ressent perd le contrôle de lui-même. Il agit, poussé par son instinct, sans réflexion, sans prudence".
—— Georges Sim(enon), Le Monstre blanc de la terre de feu (1928)

"Si je me suis toujours mis dans la peau de mes personnages, le temps du roman en cours, mes personnages, si je puis dire, ne se sont jamais mis dans la mienne, plus exactement, aucun n’a été mon reflet".

—— Georges Simenon, Mémoires intimes (@PressesdelaCite, 1981)

"Un grand critique a écrit : chacun porte un roman en lui. Seulement, il n'en porte pas forcément d'autres. Il n'y a qu'un romancier qui en porte d'autres".
—— Georges Simenon, entretien avec F. Lacassin

🇫🇷 Les @PressesdelaCite poursuivent leur série "Maigret à l'écran" avec un 4ème article consacré au roman "La Tête d’un homme" (@livredepoche), paru en 1931 et porté à l'écran dès 1933 par Julien Duvivier (avec Harry Baur dans le rôle du commissaire).
👉 : https://cutt.ly/FJSU1Kt


🇪🇸À l'occasion de la récente sortie, en Amérique du Sud, des superbes éditions en langue espagnole d’@Acantilado1999 & @AnagramaEditor, le journal argentin Clarin consacre un très bel article à Simenon. À lire ci-dessous ! ⤵️ https://www.clarin.com/revista-enie/literatura/simenon-llama-cien-veces_0_SUDUE6OXhX.html?fbclid=IwAR3kFi0qEfiMVhrH9lNm5e0Y-x54-GhQqn3YqCPFhzZETNTKqiLKBf6pMPU

Nous fêtons cette semaine le 90ème anniversaire du roman "Le Passager du Polarlys", avec lequel Simenon inaugure une longue série, celle de ses 117 "romans durs".

Quels "romans durs" de Simenon avez-vous lu ? Lequel préférez-vous et pourquoi ? La parole est à vous !