Maigret, Simenon and France: Social Dimensions of the Novels and Stories

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Maigret, Simenon and France: Social Dimensions of the Novels and Stories

Format:  Paperback,

212 pages

Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc Pub

Publish Date: Nov 2012

ISBN-13: 9780786470549

ISBN-10: 0786470542

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Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc Pub
Publish Date: Nov 2012
ISBN-13: 9780786470549
ISBN-10: 0786470542
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 212
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.65
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.75 x 8.75 x 0.5

Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Forewordp. 1
Prefacep. 5
Introductionp. 9
The Fayard Maigret Novels: Narratives, Contexts, Settings and Themes, 1931p. 21
The Fayard Maigret Novels: Narratives, Contexts, Settings and Themes, 1932p. 53
The Fayard Maigret Novels: Simenon's Perspectivep. 91
Short Stories and Journalism: Maigret, Simenon and the Crises of the 1930sp. 114
What Maigret Did Nextp. 145
Conclusionsp. 173
Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 205

Book description

Georges Simenon (1903-1989) was a phenomenally successful author of crime fiction. His 75 Maigret novels and 28 Maigret short stories were published between 1931 and 1972 to great international acclaim (he is the only non-anglophone crime writer to have achieved such renown).

His Maigret stories are regarded by many as having established a new direction in crime fiction, emphasizing social and psychological portraiture rather than focussing on a puzzle to be solved or on "action".

This book examines the importance of social class and social change in the Maigret stories, giving a particular emphasis to the early formative novels and the development of plot, characterization and setting. The author seeks to establish the extent to which Simenon's portrait of French society is historically accurate and the nature of the influence of the author's own class position and ideology on his fiction.

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