lunedì 28 settembre 2020
domenica 27 settembre 2020
sabato 26 settembre 2020
venerdì 25 settembre 2020
SIMENON SIMENON. MAIGRET EST-IL LASSÉ?
giovedì 24 settembre 2020
Why Simenon continued to write novels with the Chief Inspector
SIMENON . NON POTETE ANDARE SENZA DI MAIGRET…
Perché Simenon ha continuato a scrivere romanzi con il commissario
SIMENON . ON NE PEUT PAS SE PASSER DE MAIGRET...
Simenon tried several times getting rid of Maigret, this character who had brought him glory and also, one must admit, the money that allowed him to live as he wanted to. No doubt the novelist found that his hero was somewhat cumbersome and even invasive, because it is true that for a people would only know Simenon as a detective novel writer…
Simenon had to wait long till he was recognized as a great novelist, and, according to the law of the pendulum swing back, literary critics attempted then to eclipse the Maigret novels… Fortunately, thanks to Maigret's evocative strength, nowadays almost everyone acknowledges that the Maigret novels and the “romans ”, that is to say both sides in Simenon's works, are equally important, and that the Maigret novels are much more just good for relaxation in the waiting room...
As for Simenon himself, he eventually realized that Maigret was necessary to his “writing balance”. He needed to alternate the “romans ” and the Maigret novels, because writing an investigation lead by the Chief Inspector was a kind of little joy he offered himself between two hard writings, and also because he could try, in a Maigret novel, a theme he would afterwards develop in a “roman dur”; or, on the contrary, a Maigret novel would allow him to discuss topics he didn't succeed in dealing with in a “roman dur”. Over time Maigret would serve him as a kind of counterpoint, of counterpoise, putting some lightness in the heart of the works, but also becoming a character he could confide his own questionings about many subjects that haunted him.
And their relationship got closer and closer over time. Whereas Simenon had forgotten, once he ceased to be a novelist, most of the characters he had created, wasn't Maigret the only character that the novelist talked about in his autobiographical works, and even many times?...
mercoledì 23 settembre 2020
"Mon rôle est de découvrir les coupables. Pour cela, je n’ai à m’inquiéter que de leur mentalité avant. Savoir si tel homme a été capable de commettre tel crime, quand et comment il l’a commis." (Cécile est morte)
"I mio compito è scoprire i colpevoli. Per questo non posso che occuparmi della loro mentalità preceddente. Sapere se un tale uomo è stato capace di commettere quel crimine, quando e come l'ha commesso" (Cecilia é morta)
martedì 22 settembre 2020
lunedì 21 settembre 2020
domenica 20 settembre 2020
sabato 19 settembre 2020
SIMENON SIMENON VINTAGE "REPORT" - GEORGES SIMENON'S PARIS: FOLLOWING INTHE FOOTSTEPS OFHIS FICTIONALSLEUTH, JULES MAIGRET
venerdì 18 settembre 2020
Rivoluzione per i romanzi, dal libro all'ebook fino all'audiolibro
giovedì 17 settembre 2020
Why Simenon didn't worry about a chronological description of Maigret's biography
SIMENON SIMENON. NON C'È BISOGNO DI CRONOLOGIA?
Perché Simenon non si è preoccupato di descrivere cronologicamente la biografia di Maigret
SIMENON SIMENON. PAS BESOIN D'UNE CHRONOLOGIE?
Pourquoi Simenon ne s'est pas préoccupé de décrire chronologiquement la biographie de Maigret
Some years ago, there had been on this blog a discussion about this topic: the chronological order for the writing of the Maigret novels doesn't follow the chronological order of Maigret's life and career. At the time, one of the answers had been proposed in French and Italian, and today we propose an English version, which has been slightly modified and adapted.
One can argue that Maigret isn't the first character for which his creator would first write some events in his life, and afterwards write other novels in which he would tell his infancies or youth, or beginnings in his career, and so on. Maurice Leblanc's Arsène Lupin could be an example for that. But with Simenon, there were other things that came into play.
"One thing that irritated me sometimes was that he was mingling dates, placing at the beginning of my career investigations that had taken place later on, and vice-versa. […] I even intended […] to establish […] a timeline of the main cases I had been involved in. – Why not? Simenon answered to me. That's an excellent idea. Thus we'll be able to correct my books for the next edition. And he added without irony: - But, my old Maigret, you'll have to be kind enough to do the job by yourself, for I never dared to reread myself." (Maigret's Memoirs)
This last sentence is a good illustration of what Simenon's writing is: fast, without backtracking, a minimal correction as a kind of "cleaning up", and, once the book had been published, the author didn't reread it. Which, beside, didn't prevent the fact that, although the novelist asserted that he forgot his characters once the book was finished, he had a rather good memory of what he had written: to be convinced of it, you have only to see the multiple examples of reminiscences from a novel to the other that you can find throughout the Maigret saga.
Thus, if Simenon didn’t reread his books, he had no reason to worry about the internal chronology of them. Moreover, he didn't plan his Maigret novels as a (chrono)logical sequence that had to go over his character's whole life, with a beginning and an ending. He didn't act as Balzac, who wrote his Comédie humaine such in a way that characters would come back from a novel to the other, nor or as Zola, who intended to write the entire story of the Rougon-Macquart family. And we might say that Simenon didn’t really intend to make a saga with the Maigret novels as a whole: it's because there are such many novels that we can speak afterwards of a saga, and it's the long writing period (more that 40 years!) that permitted the character's development.
When Simenon "entered a novel", he wasn't telling himself that his purpose was to write Maigret's next investigation; rather his writing started from an idea, a sensation, a memory, a situation in which he wanted to immerge a character, and at the beginning he wasn't always sure that he was going to write a Maigret or another novel. It's especially true for the Presses de la Cité novels, where we know some novels for which Simenon had in mind to write a roman dur, and then he couldn't "find the right tone", and so he decided to deal with the subject in a Maigret novel. Simenon wrote instinctively, and he didn't build his works according to an architectural project such as Proust did in his Recherche. Even if, of course, he perfectly knew what kind of literature he intended to write.
But Simenon essentially wrote because he really felt the need of writing, an almost physical need to write down his questioning about life. And every time he began to write a new novel, it was not the requirements of a pre-established project that he responded to, but rather an almost vital need to express his feelings...