RARA-AVIS: Georges Simenon - celebration

From: Etienne Borgers ( wbac1203@wanadoo.be)
Date: 10 Feb 2003

2003 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Georges Simenon (born on 13th February 1903- his parents inscribed him in the population register as born on the 12th February because the 13th was a Friday!). In Belgium (his country of origin) there is presently a "Simenon year" to celebrate this anniversary and many related events during the year. In France there is a re-publishing in French of the totality of his fiction works, and Simenon will " join" this year 'La Pleiade' ( 2 volumes to start) the prestigious collection devoted to the best of literature
(French and others- imprint published by Gallimard, as a compact but luxury edition). On several TV channels many films based on his works are programmed in February and later, as well as a lot of (old and recent) filmed documentaries and interviews. So those of you able to watch French TV5 via satellite should keep an eye on these programs for interesting material about this outstanding author.

I think the event is worth to be mentioned on this list: We probably all know (as previously discussed here) that Maigret is surely not HB not even noir, but that the best of the more literary works (approx 120 novels) of Simenon really belongs to noir. He lived 10 years in the USA (1945-1955) and was even a Grand Master of the MWA (but ironically, his best works are not in the pure mystery field, nor in the Maigret series).

E.Borgers HARD-BOILED MYSTERIES http://www.geocities.com/Athens/6389

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