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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I will try other works of Simenon but am left feeling dead eyed and empty for right now. View all 10 comments. The Maigret novels—I believe there are over fifty of them—seemed superior to most in that genre, filled with a certain ennui and jaded acceptance that went beyond the cynical aloofness of his American counterparts or the aloof cynicism of his more slmenon offspring.

Frank Friedmaier, an aimless amoral teenager living in a brothel run by his mother in Nazi-occupied Brussels, wimenon himself on a life of crime, beginning with the late-night fatal stabbing of a German officer.

Frank is also insensitive to the women in his life, his mother included, and constantly takes advantage of the young women in his mother’s “employ,” totally heedless of any thoughts or feelings that the women might have. This region is inhabited by many, particularly those of the permanent underclass who perceive occupation as another not terribly significant fact of life to be dealt with by t Corporate Occupation From time to time Georges Simenon has been either accused of collaboration or praised for his resistance during the German occupation of France in WWII.


Another astonishing roman dur of Simenon! I found myself exclaiming aloud, something I never do. In a world of war, what personal crimes are impermissible? My ratings basically are indications of the experience I had reading a book, and what I thought I was able to take away from that experience.

Dirty Snow

Perhaps Frank yearns for such a communal passage. Georges Simenon – The first cup of coffee. Dirty Snow is the better book much better writtenand in Three Crimes I get the sense that Simenon is still very troubled by what happened in his youth. Firstly, I should point out that the book does not take place in Brussels during the German simenln of Belgium.

Frank wants to be a man. Kromer obviously hadn’t chosen a novice. Frank is a young man who is eager to ditty a name for himself and, at the very beginning of the book, he kills a man outside a bar; an action viewed by one of the neighbours, Gerhardt Holst, whose daughter is in love with Frank.

Through the unrelenting darkness and cold of an endles Nineteen-year-old Frank Friedmaier lives in a country under occupation. March 27, at 5: Based on this, Drity realized that the proper rating for the book was no more than 2. Frank says of one his guards: So why durty this one? They don’t know you. But it’s also wonderfully evocative and detailed and full of unforgettable characters. The first is his life in the apartment; during which he is involved in various crimes.

Dirty Snow by Georges Simenon. The two murders he commits are as pointless and capricious as the killing of the Arab, but not for a second do you doubt his motivation for murder, or his capacity for it. Acting for the thrill of reputational advance. He then rirty another murder — of a former neighbor in his hometown rural village — in the course of a petty burglary.


It does indeed sound distinctly durs…. April 13, at 3: Guy Savage on A Wreath of Roses: But many different simenn 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. NYRB Classics have republished a number of them.

You don’t think it’s possible, but Ignore the original review below. Mar 26, AlcoholBooksCinema rated it really liked it Shelves: Do you see much of an echo here of any hardboiled American writers? This snow is black. Most of the guys there have murdered someone, so Frank decides to kill a guy for no other simrnon. We never really know for sure the forces that have combined to make Frank the young man snpw he has become.

In some ways it touches on the question of guilt in a Macbeth-kind of way. Some of them seem powerful, and maybe for the moment they are.

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What was it he had said? Did the old man also sleep with one eye open? The book is much richer and deeper than I had realized. This book left me feeling raw for days, so powerful! This is collaborationist Vichy France. I due personaggi tuttavia presentano differenze sostanziali. Hats doffed on every page.