Mr Hire's Engagement
'One sensed in him neither flesh nor bone, nothing but soft, flaccid matter, so much so that his movements were hard to make out. Very red lips stood out from his orb-like face, as did the thin moustache that he curled with an iron and looked as if it had been drawn on with India ink; on his cheekbones were the symmetrical pink dots of a doll's cheeks.'
People find Mr Hire strange, disconcerting. The tenants he shares his building with try to avoid him. He is a peeping Tom, a visitor of prostitutes, a dealer in unsavoury literature. He is also the prime suspect for a brutal murder that he did not commit. Yet Mr Hire's innocence will not stand in the way of those looking for a scapegoat as tragedy unfolds in this quietly devastating and deeply unnerving novel.
'The 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
- Paperback | 160 pages
- 128 x 196 x 14mm | 140g
- 27 Oct 2015
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
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"A novelist who entered his fictional world as it he were a part of it."
"Extraordinary masterpieces of the twentieth century."
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"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." --Andr Gide
"A supreme writer . . . Unforgettable vividness." --The Independent (London)
"Superb . . . The most addictive of writers . . . A unique teller of tales." --The Observer (London)
"Compelling, remorseless, brilliant." --John Gray
"A truly wonderful writer . . . Marvelously readable--lucid, simple, absolutely in tune with the world he creates." --Muriel Spark
"A novelist who entered his fictional world as if he were a part of it." --Peter Ackroyd
"Extraordinary masterpieces of the twentieth century." --John Banville
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