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.

Author: Grobei Samubar
Country: Switzerland
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Music
Published (Last): 11 August 2005
Pages: 10
PDF File Size: 14.89 Mb
ePub File Size: 4.56 Mb
ISBN: 316-6-34869-137-6
Downloads: 44405
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Fauzil

Holst sniw never see him pressed up against the wall but Frank coughs to make sure Holst knows he is there. For the record, there have been several translations of this novel.

‘Dirty Snow’: Dismal Perfection

snkw Frank is particularly insensitive to a young female neighbor who, for some inexplicable reason, has a crush on him. Anybody interested in sociopathy and existentialism. For Raskolnikov punishes himself, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically for the crime he committed.

The character in the story lives with his mother who operates a brothel that caters to German officers. Frank will sleep with the girls that come and go, but has an ssnow with the father and daughter who live across the hall, an obsession he doesn’t quite understand, and he allows the daughter, Sissy, who ‘loves’ him to think that he might be her boyfriend, taking her to the pictures etc, flashing the money and ‘green card’ that he has obtained from robbery, violence and intimidation.

But he has somet My first from this most prolific author, I was immensely impressed. Like everything else, it’s pointless. skmenon

The interrogation sessions seem more Stalinist than Hitlerian, and I wonder if that was not intentional, Simenon havinhg been a well known antisemite and Collaborator, and so probably a strong anti-communist. His fatherlessness, his isolation among women, appalls him. I’m at work and wasn’t going to write this review until later when I can get some quotes together, but I just finished it on the train this morning and had to write something down about how the book had got straight into me like some mainlined drug.


I just got the new version of Act of Passion which I should get to with luck in the next few months.

Acting for the thrill of reputational advance. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Simenon puts us in the mind of a creature that – by the end of the story – we find real discomfort in just how human a monster can be. So – did Simenon, Who wrote stories that were turned into films by the Nazis feel like he had prostitute himself? It’s true that he was living in Nazi occupied France during the war, but he was also later accused of having conspired with the Germans.

They are usually quite short and usually deal with the gritty side of life. I don’t know enough about Simenon to know if he was influenced by American noir. I think my initial rating was a result of not wanting to appear dim-witted. He repeated almost mechanically, “The watches. I felt slimy, grimy reading these pages, as if I needed a bath but were handed a bucket and greasy sponge to dab off the filth of murder, theft, and rape. But there is a reason, and Simenon attempts to suggest it subtly.

‘Dirty Snow’ by Georges Simenon – Not Only the Snow was Dirty | Tony’s Book World

Scroll down to read an excerpt of Dirty Snow. I suppose if one were a huge fan of noirone could find the experience of reading this book simebon satisfying. However, on the recommendation of fellow reader, and reviewer, Nigeyb, I decided to give this a try. So why read this one?


Dirty Snow by Simenon | His Futile Preoccupations

These hard novels are characterised by a bleak and grim fatalism, where human souls hurl themselves pell-mell towards unknown limits regardless of the consequence. January 31, at 5: To the end, Frank is ever seeking the boss of the boss so that he can stare him down. All in all, a seductively bleak, tightly written descent into existential malaise, emptiness and despair.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But Frank is restless. It’s also a more memorable book, as least for me. Frank says of one his guards:. This book has gelled very well since I read it and it has become one of my favourite Simenon novels. Return to Book Page. I’d be better off dead. I can’t do better in a review than the Goodreads description, which says it all.

By the way, the Maigret series includes stories. Open Dirtty See a Problem? This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Caroline on A Wreath of Roses: Notify me of new posts via email. Stan was about to protest. And although time moves forward throughout the seasons, there seems always to be piles of soiled, stained, and dirtied snow. The anti-hero, Frank, must challenge himself to prove he is a man.

Mar 26, AlcoholBooksCinema rated it really liked it Shelves: Through the unrelenting darkness and cold of an endles Nineteen-year-old Frank Friedmaier lives in a country under occupation. In the world of novel writing, Georges Simenon was a natural, a kind of Mozart of the novel. Dorty scarcely knows himself, or anything else worth knowing.