|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Jul 2006|
|Number of Pages:||154|
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The prolific Belgian-born writer Georges Simenon produced hundreds of fictional works under his own name and 17 pseudonyms, in addition to more than 70 books about Inspector Maigret, long "the favorite sleuth of highbrow detective-story readers" (SR). More than 50 "Simenons" have been made into films. In addition to his mystery stories, he wrote what he called "hard" books, the serious psychological novels numbering well over 100. The autobiographical Pedigree, set in his native town of Liege, is perhaps his finest work.
The publication of Simenon's intimate memoirs also attracted considerable attention. Simenon himself once said that he would never write a "great novel". Yet Gide called him "a great novelist, perhaps the greatest and truest novelist we have in French literature today", and Thornton Wilder (see Vol. 1) found that Simenon's narrative gift extends "to the tips of his fingers". The following are some of Simenon's novels, exclusive of the Maigret detective stories, that are in print.
Anita Brookner is a novelist whose forte is the meticulous examination of the lives of unremarkable women. She portrays the women with dignity and tolerance. Brookner generates novels of intellectual and emotional compulsion. Brookner's novels evoke a near contemporary, Barbara Pym, and the tradition of Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte. But they reflect the realities of a generation later than that of Pym. For Brookner, a simple, pacific femininity no longer provides a respite from a danger that lurks throughout her world.
Unhappiness, which Pym's characters bear with resignation, torments Brookner's sensibility. Hotel Cu Lac (1984) won the Booker Prize and remains Brookner's most acclaimed work. Cunning and formal in tenor, it probes the repressed secrets and fragile psychological condition of a writer, Edith Hope, who is recovering from the external world's threats and bruises and trying to reconcile the life of human passions with the life of the artist. Critics have rated the novel as one of the most important works in the genre of Kunstlerroman for the late modern period.
A professor of art history, Brookner has taught at Cambridge University and the Cortauld Institute where she specialized in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century painting. In addition to her fiction, Brookner has written scholarly works about Jacques Louis David, Jean Baptiste Greuze, and Jean-Antoine Watteau. Her works include The Bay of Angels, The Next Big Thing, The Rules of Engagement, Leaving Home, and Strangers.
It is Friday evening before Labor Day weekend. Americans are hitting the highways in droves; the radio crackles with warnings of traffic jams and crashed cars. Steve Hogan and his wife, Nancy, have a long drive ahead—from New York City to Maine, where their children are in camp. But Steve wants a drink before they go, and on the road he wants another. Soon, exploding with suppressed fury, he is heading into that dark place in himself he calls “the tunnel.” When Steve stops for yet another drink, Nancy has had enough. She leaves the car.
On a bender now, Steve makes a friend: Sid Halligan, an escapee from Sing Sing. Steve tells Sid
all about Nancy. Most men are scared, Steve thinks, but not Sid.
The next day, Steve wakes up on the side of the road. His car has a flat, his money is gone, and there’s one more thing still left for him to learn about Nancy, Sid Halligan, and himself.
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