lunedì 29 agosto 2016

SIMENON SIMENON. “MAIGRET’S MEMOIRS: INSPECTOR MAIGRET, COMES OUT ON SEPTEMBER 1

Some details about the next Penguin translation for Anglophones. 

SIMENON SIMENON. “LES MEMOIRES DE MAIGRET” EN ANGLAIS ARRIVE LE 1 SEPTEMBRE 
Des détails sur la prochaine traduction de Penguin pour les anglophones. 
SIMENON SIMENON. "LE MEMORIE DI MAIGRET" IN INGLESE IN ARRIVO IL 1° SETTEMBRE
Alcune caratteristiche della prossima traduzione di Penguin per gli anglofoni

Maigret’s Memoirs, Penguin’s English translation of Simenon’s Les Mémoires de Maigret, will be available through Amazon in the UK as of September 1, 2016. 
Both paperback and Kindle editions are expected. (An audio version from Audible.com is not yet visible on the horizon.) Preorder options already exist, so one does not have to ‘wait’ too long to get onboard. The preorder prices are £7.99 and £4.99 respectively. The opportunity for delivery to the USA will appeal to some because paperback and Kindle editions from Amazon.com will not be available until April 25, 2017. Taking the UK option adds a cost of $9.24 and a transatlantic trip of 7 to 10 days to get the book in hand.
A projection on the book’s availability to Anglophones from other Amazon sources throughout the world follows in alphabetical order: September 1, 2016: Australia KindleBrazil Kindle; China paperback and Kindle; France paperback and Kindle; Germany paperback and Kindle; India Kindle; Italy paperback and Kindle; Japan paperback and 
Kindle; Mexico Kindle; Netherlands Kindle; Spain paperback and Kindle. 
April 25, 2017Canada paperback and Kindle Les Mémoires de Maigret originally appeared in 1951, but the English translation Maigret’s Memoirs did not first appear until 1963. Its translator was Jean Stewart then, and now the translator is Howard Curtis. Be aware the ISBN-13 for this new edition is 978-0241240175This work is the 63rd in Simenon’s original order of publication and the 35th in Penguin’s modern series of translations. I enjoyed this book in particular because Maigret as narrator fulfils a promise that “one day I would calmly speak about, without a temper and without hard feelings, what I have to say and set the record straight once and for all.” In a rambling recounting, Maigret talks about his childhood, meeting his wife, dropping out of medical school, becoming a cop, and his view of his life, especially his police, experiences. He corrects Simenon’s errors on many subjects, and Simenon weighs in how he sees himself as we. 

David P Simmons 

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