If you’ve read Georges Simenon’s classic of existential noir Dirty Snow you will probably believe there was mutual influence between Simenon. Georges Simenon’s Dirty Snow, a noir chronicle of a mean, vicious soul, is anything but the feel-good read of the summer. But novelist Jim. Georges Simenon is reasonably well-known as the Belgian author of the Maigret detective stories, but deserves to be a good deal more famous.

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A colleague of mine passed on a book that he liked very much.

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Your purchase helps support NPR programming. He runs with a rough crowd and as the book opens, he kills a man just for the thrill of simeon. To find out more, including how to anow cookies, see here: But novelist Jim Hynes is going to recommend it to you anyway. Brazenly flaunting his crimes until his inevitable capture, his one obsession throughout seems to be a desire to connect with an enigmatic man called Holst.

His hero is repellent.

To ask other readers questions about Dirty Snowplease sign up. I do not know whether he wrote them specifically for the occupying forces or if they had been written before. He already lives well with no financial concerns and no real worry about punishment. Such a vile fucking book that by the end, notwithstanding Vollman’s excellent afterward that allows a bit of introspective breathing, you feel like staying indoors quietly soaking in a tub of rubbing alcohol.


It was my first Simenon I thinkand I read it too quickly, without any patience.

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My gravatar is small but it says: You do find a kind of sympathy for him leaking in, because Simenon describes so powerfully how he tries to cling to his identity and existence. Not only for their means of living, pandering to the whims of the occupiers, but because they have ample means to heat their apartment, as well as plenty of food. Was it the war? Hard to pick just one book as the best of the year, but since Si,enon Matters twisted my arm, this was it.

In this story, two men are accused of doing separate acts neither has done. I have never any Simenon at all, this certainty sounds like a very dark story.

Written at a phenomenal pace, this is an exhilarating and terrifying book that will make you feel gloomy when you start reading it, leave you ssnow torn up when it’s over, and then you start looking for something that will help you slow down your thoughts.

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Was she just stalling? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I’ve just done my top ten books ofsikenon will have to add this to make it my top He still remembered Mademoiselle Vilmos’s cakes, like nothing else that he had ever eaten, tasteless, thick, decorated with pink-and-blue sugar.

But many different simneon could have been told, that would not only include all those keen observations about foreign occupation, but would at the same time not be so unremittingly unpleasant to read.

He must have done this before.


In that vein, Dirty Snow is often likened to Camus’ The Stranger — a similar tale of a young man plunged into a state of moral chaos. Needing to leave the anow during work hours, he is easily attracted by the kind of people who accept him as part of their own, underworld.

Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Murder and other illegalities may be off limits, but betrayal in the corporate world comes just as easily as it does for Frank in occupied territory. In some respects, Dirty Snow is a better book than The Stranger: His fatherlessness, his isolation among simeenon, appalls him. I have a Kersch lined up for sometime in the future, so I really interested to see what you think of him. What did he do before the war?

The two men are polar opposites: P-leeease don’t think that because who-dunnits aren’t your thing that this side of Simenon is to be dismissed. dnow

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Sep 07, Tara rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Along the way, it invokes the same philosophy as The Strangerbut with more grit and complexity and humanity. Looking forward to simenn, Red Lights was brilliant. NYRB Classics have republished a number of them. Two men are offered as father surrogates in the novel: