Lock No. 1

Lock No. 1 : Inspector Maigret #18

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A new translation of Georges Simenon's novel set in claustraphobic provincial town, book eighteen in the new Penguin Maigret series.Cars drove past along with the trucks and trams, but by now Maigret had realised that they were not important. Whatever roared by like this along the road was not part of the landscape. ... What really counted was the lock, the hooting of the tugs, the stone crusher, the barges and the cranes, the two pilots' bars and especially the tall house where he could make out Ducrau's red chair framed by a window.Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations. This novel has been published in a previous translation as The Lock at Charenton.'Compelling, remorseless, brilliant' John Gray'One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories' Guardian 'A supreme writer . . . unforgettable vividness' Independent
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 10mm | 907.18g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Translation
  • 0141396105
  • 9780141396101
  • 102,219

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"One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories." --The Guardian"I love reading Simenon. He makes me think of Chekhov."--William Faulkner"The greatest of all, the most genuine novelist we have had in literature."--Andre Gide"A supreme writer . . . unforgettable vividness."--The Independent"Superb . . . The most addictive of writers . . . A unique teller of tales."--The Observer"Compelling, remorseless, brilliant."--John Gray"A truly wonderful writer . . . marvellously readable--lucid, simple, absolutely in tune with the workd he creates."--Muriel Spark"A novelist who entered his fictional world as it he were a part of it."--Peter Ackroyd"Extraordinary masterpieces of the twentieth century."--John Banville One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories. The Guardian I love reading Simenon. He makes me think of Chekhov. William Faulkner The greatest of all, the most genuine novelist we have had in literature. Andre Gide A supreme writer . . . unforgettable vividness. The Independent Superb . . . The most addictive of writers . . . A unique teller of tales. The Observer Compelling, remorseless, brilliant. John Gray A truly wonderful writer . . . marvellously readable lucid, simple, absolutely in tune with the workd he creates. Muriel Spark A novelist who entered his fictional world as it he were a part of it. Peter Ackroyd Extraordinary masterpieces of the twentieth century. John Banville"
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About Georges Simenon

Georges Simenon was born in Liege, Belgium, in 1903. He is best know in Britain as the author of the Maigret novels and his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had lived for the latter part of his life. David Coward is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Leeds and has translated many books from French for Penguin Classics.
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Review Text

"One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories."
- The Guardian
"I love reading Simenon. He makes me think of Chekhov."
-William Faulkner
"The greatest of all, the most genuine novelist we have had in literature."
-André Gide
"A supreme writer . . . unforgettable vividness."
- The Independent
"Superb . . . The most addictive of writers . . . A unique teller of tales."
- The Observer
"Compelling, remorseless, brilliant."
-John Gray
"A truly wonderful writer . . . marvellously readable-lucid, simple, absolutely in tune with the workd he creates."
-Muriel Spark
"A novelist who entered his fictional world as it he were a part of it."
-Peter Ackroyd
"Extraordinary masterpieces of the twentieth century."
-John Banville
show more

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