Dirty Snow by Georges Simenon
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Nineteen-year-old Frank Friedmaier lives in a country under occupation. Most people struggle to get by; Frank takes it easy in his mother’s whorehouse, which caters to members of the occupying forces. But Frank is restless. He is a pimp, a thug, a petty thief, and, as Dirty Snow opens, he has just killed his first man. Through the unrelenting darkness and cold of an endless winter, Frank will pursue abjection until at last there is nowhere to go.

Hans Koning has described Dirty Snow as “one of the very few novels to come out of German-occupied France that gets it exactly right.” In a study of the criminal mind that is comparable to Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me, Simenon maps a no man’s land of the spirit in which human nature is driven to destruction—and redemption, perhaps, as well—by forces beyond its control.
 

About Georges Simenon

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Georges Simenon (1903-1989) was born in Liege, Belgium. He started working as a reporter at the age of fifteen and by the end of his life had published hundreds of novels under his own name and sundry pseudonyms. Renowned all over the world for his series of mysteries featuring Inspector Maigret, Simenon was also the author of many psychological novels. The Engagement is one of eight novels by Simenon published by NYRB Classics.John Gray is Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics. He is the author of many works of philosophy and is a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in Oxford.Anna Moschovakis is the author of a book of poems, I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone and co-founder of the Ugly Duckling Presse. In 2005 she translated The Authentic Bistros of Paris for The Little Bookroom. She teaches Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.
 
Published November 23, 2011 by NYRB Classics. 274 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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The Daily Beast

The focus for most of the novel is instead on his mother: “Élise the anaemic, Élise who had found no other weapon for herself than her timid smile… Élise who was always apologizing for being there, for existing, who was always begging pardon for causing offense, begging pardon for everything and ...

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The New York Review of Books

He is the author of many works of fiction, long and short, including The Royal Family, You Bright and Risen Angels, Whores for Gloria, and The Rainbow Stories, as well as an ongoing series of seven novels, collectively entitled Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes, about the collisio...

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Lizzy's Literary Life

Magnificent – just one faux pas – the scene in which Simenon introduces a redemptive element (no details or I reveal the nature of Frank’s most callous act).

Jan 06 2010 | Read Full Review of Dirty Snow (New York Review B...

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