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Book Review: The Venice Train by Georges Simenon (Trans by Alastair Hamilton)

Dark story of deception and anxiety.

Mid-level clerk, Julian Calmer’s life is thrown into disarray when a chance encounter on a train shatters any semblance of normality. 430 more words

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Betty by Georges Simenon (Trans by Alastair Hamilton)

Lost soul’s facade conceals a dark past.

One of six books cited by Simenon to counter accusations of misogyny, Betty was reportedly inspired by a chance encounter with a drunken women in a Versaiiles bar. 318 more words

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Book Review: The Man Who Watched the Trains Go By by Georges Simenon (Trans by Siân Reynolds)

Madman on the run seeks refuge in Paris’ seedy underbelly.

A notorious frequenter of brothels, Simenon boasted of visiting thousands of sex workers. His experiences in houses of ill repute, cheap backstreet hotels, and conversations with prostitutes were mined for a credible recreation of a shadowy world filled with dawn police raids, jealous pimps, and treacherous friends. 425 more words

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Book Review: The Pitards by Georges Simenon (Trans by David Bellos)

Disappointing novel offers few glimpses of Simenon’s greatness.

Determined to retire his most famous creation Inspector Maigret, Simenon intended to focus on writing literary fiction. Simenon used the term ‘roman dur’ to refer to his portraits of deviance. 417 more words

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In Every Moment We Are Still Alive

Our garden is full of lovely fruits: blueberries, goji berries, black berries, apples and plums. This got me thinking of In Every Moment We Are Still Alive… 93 more words

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Book Review: Icelandic Folktales & Legends by Jacqueline Simpson

While Iceland’s Sagas have been recognised as one of Europe’s most significant bodies of literature its folktales have received comparatively scant attention. The popular conception of European folklore has been largely defined by the Grimm brothers work in preserving Germanic traditions of fairy tales. 208 more words

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Beyond Words - Full Line-Up and Programme

Institut français has announced an impressive line-up of author events and films screenings for the inaugural Beyond Words Live French Literature Festval.

2017 has been a busy year for translated fiction, with an exceptionally dense list of books coming out in English translation, and a flurry of European writers attending UK festivals. 1,938 more words

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