A taut, prophetic novel about how distrust and hostility towards
outsiders can descend into hate-filled violence.
Georges Simenon (Author) Georges Simenon was born in Li ge, Belgium, in 1903. He is best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret novels and his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had lived for the latter part of his life.
Vintage Simenon, a dark masterpiece . . . A calmly, almost
diffidently narrated yet terrifying study of race hatred and mass
hysteria, it was eerily prophetic * Guardian *
Simenon lays out with ruthless exactitude the way selfish, conscience-free greed exploits modest, hospitable decency . . . The world of Chez Krull is a common, shared one . . . the world of the immigrant, of navigating cautiously in a foreign country * London Review of Books *
Fierce, bleak and compellingly written . . . with pitiless landscapes of hopeless longing, random cruelty and galloping fate warmed only by the twilit lyricism of doomed desire. These are novels of eye-opening, spine-tingling control and intensity. * The Independent *
Seriously good * Evening Standard *