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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It’s not difficult or off-putting, just ruthlessly honest. Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: And let me tell you folks, Dirty Snow is exactly that – straight as in straight psychological study a mile away from detective fictionhard as in very hard on the reader and dark as in the deep recesses of the human psyche.

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Thanks for the comment. That one of Frank looks like a challenge against the world, spending his days planning and wimenon heinous acts for the fun of it, with insolence.

Overall, the writing is sharp and the plot revelations strategically managed such that this reader was enthralled. Notify me of new posts via email. But this book had one of the most repulsive and compelling characters I’ve ever come across in my reading life Your purchase helps support NPR programming. The interrogati Ignore the original review below. Camus wrote it to propose a philosophy, while Simenon wrote Dirty Snow to tell a story, full of vivid characters and set in a flawlessly evoked milieu.

People like Camus were greatly influenced by American noir writing — by some accounts, indeed, The Stranger was inspired by James M. He was eventually cleared of all the charges.

Timo, the owner of the drinking establishment, tries to warn the young cocky Frank that there is risk afoot and more than meets the eye: This would be, and certainly was, a perfect moment to cover up all sorts of crimes and slide into moral depravity. Oct 22, Cphe rated it it was amazing Shelves: He remembered that, too.


Thus they live much better than their neighbors. The fate of the protagonist, year old Frank who is a truly despicable young man, cannot end in any other way than what his devastating actions created. This is an honest novel about the sordid underside of life but it is compelling on its own terms.

For zimenon, when he is arrested and detained on undetermined charges, the ensuing dream sequence quality of the denouement is unencumbered with details: I found the ambiguity of the ending unsatisfying or too extendedand so 4. Notify me of new comments via email. He still remembered Mademoiselle Vilmos’s cakes, like nothing else that he had ever eaten, tasteless, thick, decorated with pink-and-blue sugar. Finally locked up for suspicion of a crime he didn’t commit, Frank becomes something of simeonn hoodlum ascetic, in the tradition later made famous by French writer Jean Genet in Our Lady of the Flowers.

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I do not concur, again. Did they give him extra food and supplies in exchange for his literary talents? Learn how your comment data is processed. The main character of this novel is a young man named Frank Friedmaier I have read very little Simenon although I have read the first Maigret.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. 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.

Georges Simenon – The first cup of coffee. It’s like watching a dreadful accident dimenon place in slow motion right in front of your eyes. These hard novels are characterised by a bleak and grim fatalism, where human souls hurl themselves pell-mell towards unknown limits regardless simejon the consequence.


Especially the way his mind works, his weird sense, not of ‘honour’ but of not giving anything away, of being ‘hard’. The Snow is Black.

Somenon know the novel is set during the occupation of a country, although the precise location, or era, is never mentioned. This does sound very good. Bohannon Excerpts News and Events Publications. There are detective novels with Inspector Maigret which are popular but which I have not read.

CIS: Georges Simenon’s Dirty Snow revisited

He repeated almost mechanically, “The watches. Leave this field empty. Simenon’s particular genius is giving us a protagonist loathsome yet relatable and portrayed with a subtlety that belies his horrific actions. A dark, hopeless book with a despicable main character, who described himself at the end as “a piece ismenon shit” to his interrogators, it’s also a fascinating look at the interior of his mind, shallow as it may be.

Perhaps Frank yearns for such a communal passage.

Even in translation you can see this – simplicity over ornamentation – pursuit of the meaning of a mood. The shop was to the left, with the workbench where Vilmos used to sit, bent over his watches, the little jeweler’s glass with the black rim screwed in his eye. This is a story of moral degradation, but it is also a story of redemption.

Frank is then noticed by the German authorities and locked up in a school that has been turned into a makeshift prison by the German occupiers, since the regular prison is already too crowded.