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Start your review of Dirty Snow Write a review Dec 13, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing In the world of novel writing, Georges Simenon was a natural, a kind of Mozart of the novel. He quit school for good as a teenager, never participated in a writing workshop, never enrolled in a writing program and never attended a writing class. And presto a first-rate novel written In the world of novel writing, Georges Simenon was a natural, a kind of Mozart of the novel. And presto — a first-rate novel written at fever pitch in two weeks. After ten years of writing dime store potboilers, Simenon decided to get more serious and started writing his Detective Maigret novels.

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Start your review of Dirty Snow Write a review Dec 13, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing In the world of novel writing, Georges Simenon was a natural, a kind of Mozart of the novel. He quit school for good as a teenager, never participated in a writing workshop, never enrolled in a writing program and never attended a writing class. And presto a first-rate novel written In the world of novel writing, Georges Simenon was a natural, a kind of Mozart of the novel.

And presto — a first-rate novel written at fever pitch in two weeks. After ten years of writing dime store potboilers, Simenon decided to get more serious and started writing his Detective Maigret novels. And let me tell you folks, Dirty Snow is exactly that - straight as in straight psychological study a mile away from detective fiction , hard as in very hard on the reader and dark as in the deep recesses of the human psyche.

Now I can see why George Simenon thought himself worthy of the Nobel Prize and resented publishers and literati who labeled him a hack catering to the clamoring, detective fiction-loving rabble. In the first chapter we learn Frank links sex with violence and feels inferior to other, slightly older men who have committed murders, thus Frank plans to murder his first man, a fat officer in the army of occupation known as the Eunuch who is drinking in a bar, murder him with a knife that very evening as a kind of rite of passage.

We also come to understand Frank has an odd relationship with an older man, his neighbor, Gerhardt Holst, a man we might infer is a kind of father figure for Frank. Frank waits in the snow of the back alley, knife at the ready, waiting for the Eunuch to walk out of the bar. Just at that moment Holst walks down the alley. Holst would never see him pressed up against the wall but Frank coughs to make sure Holst knows he is there.

That was already decided. It was just that, at that moment, his act had made no sense. It had been almost a joke, a childish prank. What was it he had said?

Like losing his virginity. Perhaps Frank yearns for such a communal passage. The plot quickly thickens. I highly recommended this penetrating existential novel published by New York Review Books since there is a most insightful ten page Afterward written by William T.

Afterward rather than Introduction is ideal in this case - under the assumption one has already read Dirty Snow, Vollmann critiques the novel in detail without risking giving anything away. Frank wants to be recognized. He wants to be known. He scarcely knows himself, or anything else worth knowing. But if he can somehow stand revealed to the gaze of the Other, then maybe he will achieve some sort of realization.

Again, highly recommended. Georges Simenon - The first cup of coffee. Awake at , he prepares it himself and drinks it installed at his machine. He gives himself until to write a whole chapter.

He works only by electric light.

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Although Simenon was born on Friday 13 February [1] superstition resulted in his birth being registered as having been on the 12th. Later, in February , the Simenons moved to 53 rue de la Loi, also in the Outremeuse. In this larger home, the Simenons were able to take in lodgers. Typical among them were apprentices and students of various nationalities, giving the young Simenon an important introduction to the wider world; this marked his novels, notably Pedigree and Le Locataire. At the age of three, Simenon learned to read at the Saint-Julienne nursery school.

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One notable characteristic of Dirty Snow that makes it distinct still is how it achieves its effect without resorting to graphic violence, as the cold-blooded killing happens mostly off-screen. For Simenon, Dirty Snow represents an alternative genre he called romans durs. 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. This is the very stuff of noir which plumbs deep into the darkness of the soul. Dirty Snow feels like a blend of Dostoyevsky and Jim Thompson , and hard it is.

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