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The Madman of Bergerac : Inspector Maigret #15

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A new translation of Simenon's tense novel, book fifteen in the new Penguin Maigret series.He recalled his travelling companion's agitated sleep - was it really sleep? - his sighs, and his sobbing. Then the two dangling legs, the patent-leather shoes and hand-knitted socks . . . An insipid face. Glazed eyes. And Maigret was not surprised to see a grey beard eating into his cheeks.A distressed passenger leaps off a night train and vanishes into the woods. Maigret, on his way to a well-earned break in the Dordogne, is soon plunged into the pursuit of a madman, hiding amongst the seemingly respectable citizens of Bergerac.Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations. '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 | 160 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 12mm | 40g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 15 ed
  • 0141394560
  • 9780141394565
  • 101,546

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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.
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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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