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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Noir colors for this journey into the abyss of the year-old Frank Friedmaier. Well, it seems that the Frank Friedmaier’s dark path is son of Fyodor Dostoyevskywhen the aim is to describe the pain appropriate to the man’s salvation. That one of Frank looks like a challenge against the world, spending his days planning and perpetrating heinous acts for the fun of it, with insolence. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Simenob Read.

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Preview — Dirty Snow by Georges Simenon. Dirty Snow by Georges Simenon. 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 endles Nineteen-year-old Frank Friedmaier lives in a country under occupation. Through the unrelenting darkness and cold of smow endless winter, Frank will pursue abjection until finally there is nowhere to go. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Dirty Snowplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Dec 13, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing. In the world of novel writing, Georges Simenon was a natural, a kind of Mozart of the novel. He quit school for good as a teenager, never participated in a writing workshop, never enrolled in a writing program and never attended a writing class. With his innate ear for language and dialogue, eye for detail and feel for storytelling, all he needed was four dozen freshly sharpened pencils lined up on his desk and a ‘Do Not Difty sign to hang on his door.

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. And presto — a first-rate novel written at fever pitch in two snoq.

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After ten years of writing dime store potboilers, Simenon decided to get djrty serious and started writing his Detective Maigret novels. And let me tell you folks, Dirty Snow is exactly that – straight as in straight psychological study a mile away from detective fictionhard as in very hard on the reader and dark as in the deep recesses of the human psyche.


Now I can see why George Simenon thought himself worthy of the Nobel Prize and resented publishers and literati who labeled him a hack catering to the clamoring, detective fiction-loving rabble. In nsow first chapter we learn Frank links sex with violence and feels inferior to other, slightly older men who have committed murders, thus Frank plans to murder his first man, a fat officer in the army of occupation known as the Eunuch who is drinking in a bar, murder him with a knife that very evening as a kind of rite of passage.

We also come to understand Frank has an odd relationship with an older man, his neighbor, Gerhardt Holst, dirth man we might infer is a kind of father figure for Frank. Frank waits in the snow of the back alley, knife at the ready, waiting for the Eunuch to walk out of the bar.

Just at that moment Holst walks down the alley. Holst would never see him pressed up against the wall but Frank coughs to make sure Holst knows he is there. That was already decided. It was just that, at that moment, his act had made no sense. It had been almost a joke, a childish prank. What was it he had said?

Like losing his virginity. Perhaps Frank yearns for such a communal passage. The plot quickly thickens. I highly recommended this penetrating existential novel published by New York Review Books since there is a most insightful ten page Afterward written by William T.

Afterward rather than Introduction is ideal in this case – under the assumption one has already read Dirty SnowVollmann critiques the novel in detail without risking dimenon anything away.

At one point Vollmann observes: Frank wants to be recognized. He wants to be known. He scarcely knows himself, or anything else worth knowing. But if he can somehow stand revealed to the gaze of the Other, then maybe he will achieve some sort of realization. Georges Simenon – The first cup of coffee. He gives himself until 9: He works only by electric light. View all 35 comments. Anyone interested in the human condition. Recommended to Manny by: Here’s Frank, a young punk who lives in his mother’s brothel in occupied France.

Siemnon lies, drinks, steals, does black market business with the German officers, commits murder just for fun. Yes, feel free to touch him, he fucks his mother’s girls every night while treating them simenpn shit and is also trying to seduce the 16 year old virgin who lives across the hall. Are you still ssimenon Sir, I understand your scepticism.

‘Dirty Snow’: Dismal Perfection

You don’t think it’s possible, but The audience stare in disbelief. A lone voice from siimenon back asks plaintively: View all 12 comments. Sep 07, Tara rated it really liked it Recommends it for: A perfect summer beach read. Eighteen-year-old Frank, the fiercely vacant antihero, is a callous, arrogant thug. It takes him a wh Dirty Snow: It drty him a while to figure this out. All in all, a seductively bleak, tightly written descent into existential malaise, emptiness and despair.


He had rounded the cape. He had looked at the other side. Jan 26, Ted rated it did not like it Shelves: Simebon, what is it? We notice that you recently finished reading Dirty Snow. Would you care to answer a few questions about it? Yes, I would like that.

‘Dirty Snow’: Dismal Perfection : NPR

I think it might be more useful to me than you can imagine. Well, first we have seen that you initially gave it 4 stars, then changed it to dirtg. I think my initial rating was a result of not wanting to appear dim-witted. And what is that? My ratings basically are indications of the experience I had reading a book, and what I thought I smienon able to take away from that experience.

They do not attempt to pass any kind of judgment on the worth, quality, whatever, of the book at least not usually.

Based on this, I realized that the proper rating for the book was no more than 2. I suppose if one were a huge fan of noirone could find the experience of reading this book very satisfying. But my guess is that this example of noir might be very extreme. The story line itself was certainly interesting enough to keep me reading, at least in the sense that I did continue to wonder what the outcome of this repellant chain of events would be.

Any thoughts on that? There is something to that, much rings very true in that regard. But many different snoa could have been told, that would not only include all those keen observations about foreign occupation, but would at the same time not be so unremittingly unpleasant to read.

So you really have very little in the way of positive comments? To imagine a young woman having the feelings that Sissy has in the story is impossible sjmenon one assumes that she is as dead to life as Frank himself is — in which case they deserve each other. Of course Holst himself is equally unbelievable in this context. It strikes me as a deus ex machina which enables Simenon to end the tale as he wants to.

I suspect I will sample him at least once more. However, I can say this. And finally — would you recommend the book to any sort of reader?

By the way, that would be what I like to believe my reviews can help someone do, decide whether they might want to read the book. View all 15 comments.