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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.


Sensuously detailed . . . edgy . . . this is incrementally more and more riveting, as the joyless sex between the two central characters leads to a grim conclusion . . . a nonpareil new translation
*Financial Times*

When I discovered that the author of the Maigret series was also the author of stand-alone novels, my expectations of the genre changed and expanded. These books belonged more alongside Camus and Sartre than Arthur Conan Doyle. . . . Try The Widow, published, like The Outsider, in 1942, and at least equal to Camus's work in portraying a doomed and alienated life

Dark, disturbing . . . Simenon discovered something fundamental about the soul

Direct, spare, sensously atmospheric, hypnotic in its realism, and honest in a way that few novelists would dare to be
*John Banville*

To me, Simenon is as good as Camus

Irresistible . . . read him at your peril, avoid him at your loss
*The Sunday Times*

Every year, Simenon would rage at the “idiots of Stockholm” who yet again had refused him the Nobel Prize in literature. I used to think this was crazy; now I think it quite sane. His romans durs are spare and harsh, with a deep understanding of human nature; this is one of his finest
*The Week*

The genius of Simenon, aided by a brilliant translation, compels the eye and captures the heart.
*Daily Mail*

A welcome new translation of a key Simenon standalone. With its sensuously detailed rustic setting and edgy interactions between a widow managing her own farm and the dissolute, privileged ex-convict Jean, this is quietly hypnotic fare
*Financial Times*

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