If you’ve read Georges Simenon’s classic of existential noir Dirty Snow you will probably believe there was mutual influence between Simenon. Georges Simenon’s Dirty Snow, a noir chronicle of a mean, vicious soul, is anything but the feel-good read of the summer. But novelist Jim. Georges Simenon is reasonably well-known as the Belgian author of the Maigret detective stories, but deserves to be a good deal more famous.

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Learn how your comment data is processed. There is no reason for, eimenon gain from this murder—it is, as he says, like losing his virginity: Frank is a young man who is adrift.

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Where exactly is he being held? Have been recommended other books by the author in the past and just couldn’t gel with them for some reason. Dirty Snow is not a Maigret money maker, not a commercial novel, but one of Simenon’s ‘literary’ works; and what a delight it is to read. You could see the starch go right out of him.

In his afterword to this novel, William T. Like losing his virginity.

Dirty Snow

A lone voice from the back asks plaintively: Was it a crime to rob or kill German soldiers? This site uses cookies. The interrogation sessions seem more Stalinist than Hitlerian, and I wonder if that was not intentional, Simenon havinhg been a well known antisemite and Collaborator, and so probably a strong anti-communist.


Bleak, without any compromise but really snoa. The main character of this novel is a young man named Frank Friedmaier I have read very little Simenon although I have read the first Maigret.

But Frank is restless. But many different stories could have been told, show would not only include all those keen observations about foreign occupation, but would at the same time not be so unremittingly unpleasant to read.

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Frank will sleep with the girls that come and go, but has an obsession with the father and daughter who live across the hall, an obsession he doesn’t quite understand, and he allows the daughter, Sissy, who ‘loves’ him to think that he might be her boyfriend, taking her to the pictures etc, flashing the money and ‘green card’ that he has obtained from robbery, violence and intimidation. Notify me of new posts via email. Cirty was eventually cleared of all the charges. Kromer obviously hadn’t chosen a novice.

Yes, what is it? The Blackest of Comedys: I think my initial rating was a result of not wanting to appear dim-witted. Perhaps Frank yearns for such a communal passage.

Dirty Snow by the prolific Belgian writer, George Simenon. View all 6 comments.

It’s like watching a dreadful accident taking place in slow motion right in front of your eyes. Sep 15, LeAnne rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 35 comments.


Finally locked up for suspicion of a crime he didn’t commit, Snkw becomes something of a hoodlum ascetic, in the tradition later made famous by French writer Jean Genet in Our Lady of the Flowers.

Posted by Anokatony on March 15, at 5: Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Movies on the Resistance, at drity the ones I saw, tend to highlight moral superiority of those involved.

And presto — a first-rate novel written In the world of novel writing, Georges Simenon was a natural, a kind of Mozart of the novel. The book was published inand I cannot help but see some of the author’s emotions and sense of irony in this particular story. P-leeease don’t think that because who-dunnits aren’t your thing that this side of Simenon is to be dismissed. In some ways it touches on the question of guilt in a Macbeth-kind of way. There’s no candy to be found anymore.

The intro explains the title differently, but I think the three crimes refers to the two murderers and the suicide that might have been something else.