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Start your review of Dirty Snow Write a review 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. 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 weeks. After ten years of writing dime store potboilers, Simenon decided to get more serious and started writing his Detective Maigret novels.

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Georges Simenon in The apology because, oh god, this book is bleak. First, the darkness. Uncomfortably close. Because the thoughts and desires of Frank Friedmaier are nasty, brutish and confusing.

He also wants to show off to a man called Berg. He wants to know how the knife feels as it goes into the flesh of his corpulent victim. Everyone else at the sordid bar has killed someone, so he might as well … None of his reasons are entirely comprehensible, but they do always ring true to the dark mind of this troubling young man and the shadowy world he inhabits.

It just feels like the kind of thing Frank would do. His mind is as engrossing as it is abhorrent. The book was written in and portrays a country under foreign rule. It might be based on France or Belgium or somewhere else under the Nazis. It could be Germany under the allies. The vagueness just makes us feel that the compromises and corruptions of power and subjugation are the same whoever is wearing the uniforms.

Deep into the book, Frank is arrested. In a conventional criminal narrative, this would be the point at which we could expect some rebalancing and catharsis. They are killing people every day with even less thought or reason. All they seem to want is information. As usual in this teasing, troubling story, the reader is left teetering on the verge of knowledge, even as a few horrible certainties come into focus. We know both how the occupiers are going to set about extracting the knowledge they want and what will have to happen to Frank in the end.

I even began to feel a certain sympathy for Frank and his odd defiance towards the end — until Simenon reminded me just who and what he was. The realities in this book leave you shivering and gasping. Reading it began to feel like having my head plunged repeatedly into an ice-bucket. This is a remarkable novel. Also, a biographical note. When he wrote The Snow Was Dirty, Simenon was in exile in the US after being accused of collaborating with the Nazi regime in France for allowing them to make films of his novels he was later cleared.

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Georges Simenon in The apology because, oh god, this book is bleak. First, the darkness. Uncomfortably close. Because the thoughts and desires of Frank Friedmaier are nasty, brutish and confusing.

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One notable characteristic of Dirty Snow that makes it distinct still is how it achieves its effect without resorting to graphic violence, as the cold-blooded killing happens mostly off-screen. For Simenon, Dirty Snow represents an alternative genre he called romans durs. These hard novels are characterised by a bleak and grim fatalism, where human souls hurl themselves pell-mell towards unknown limits regardless of the consequence. This is the very stuff of noir which plumbs deep into the darkness of the soul.

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