The Widow

The Widow

Paperback New York Review Books Classics

By (author) Georges Simenon, Translated by John Petrie, Introduction by Paul Theroux

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  • Publisher: New York Review of Books Classics
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 200mm x 12mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1590172612
  • ISBN 13: 9781590172612
  • Sales rank: 126,656

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"Simenon's romans durs are extraordinary: tough, bleak, offhandedly violent, suffused with guilt and bitterness, redolent of place ...utterly unsentimental, frightening in the pitilessness of their gaze, yet wonderfully entertaining." - John Banville The Widow is the story of two outcasts and their fatal encounter. One is the widow herself, Tati. Still young, she's never had an easy time of it, but she's not the kind to complain. Tati lives with her father-in-law on the family farm, putting up with his sexual attentions, working her fingers to the bone, improving the property and knowing all the time that her late husband's sister is scheming to kick her out and take the house back. The other is a killer. Just out of prison and in search of a new life, Jean meets up with Tati, who hires him as a handyman and then takes him to bed. Things are looking up, at least until Jean falls hard for the girl next door. The Widow was published in the same year as Camus' The Stranger, and Andre Gide judged it the superior book. It is Georges Simenon's most powerful and disturbing exploration of the bond between death and desire.

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Georges Simenon (1903-1989) was born in Liege, Belgium. In 1923 he moved to Paris, where under various pseudonyms he became a highly successful author of pulp fiction. In the early 1930s, Simenon emerged as a writer under his own name, gaining renown for his detective stories featuring Inspector Maigret. He also began to write his psychological novels, or romans durs. He wrote nearly two hundred books under his own name and became the worldwide best-selling. Paul Theroux is a novelist and travel writer who divides his time between Cape Cod and Hawaii. Among his books are the novels The Mosquito Coast, Millroy the Magician, and My Secret History and the travel memoirs Dark Star Safari, Riding the Iron Rooster, and The Great Railway Bazaar.

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Novels of eye-opening, spine-tingling control and intensity. To spend a Christmas pleasurably sunk in the deepest shades of noir, look no further. Sunday Tribune