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lunedì 7 marzo 2016
SIMENON SIMENON: MORE ON THE CREAM OF THE CROP
Some speculation by another on his favorite Simenon crime novel. SIMENON SIMENON: PLUS SUR LA CREME DE LA CREME Quelque spéculation par un autre sur son polar préféré de Simenon. SIMENON SIMENON: ANCORA SUL MEGLIO DEL MEGLIO Riflessioni di un altro autore su quale fosse la sua inchiesta preferita di Maigret
from my dilemma in picking the best Maigret to my personal conclusion
that the series is what’s best, I just read about someone else’s similar
quandary. This time, it was making the difficult choice of an all-time
favorite crime novel. Lo and behold, the first title considered was
Here’s the quote:
“Since life is an
ongoing project, I find it difficult, if not impossible, to choose an
all-time favourite crime novel – there are so many I haven't read yet.
Georges Simenon's Dirty Snow is a masterpiece, but there are probably
dozens of Simenon's romans durs – "hard" novels, as he called them –
that are as good, if not better. Could I choose Dirty Snow as my
favourite Simenon over, say, the eerily cheerful The Man Who Watched
Trains Go By, or the wonderfully claustrophobic The Strangers in the
No matter what was his ultimate decision, which
one can hunt down through the reference below, the above statement
represents a supreme tribute to the author we celebrate. Georges
Simenon’s name seems to have been the first to come to mind, and dozens
of candidates from his corpus quickly followed.
this critic and what are his credentials? It’s none other than Benjamin
Black AKA John Banville, a prolific and celebrated author in his own
right. Like Simenon, his books fall into different categories.
Importantly, the nine works by Black are crime fiction.
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler, book of a lifetime
Long Goodbye de Raymond Chandler, livre d’une durée de vie)