Georges Simenon

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Georges Simenon

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born
in Liège, Belgium
February 13, 1903

died
September 04, 1989

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Simenon was one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century, capable of writing 60 to 80 pages per day. His oeuvre includes nearly 200 novels, over 150 novellas, several autobiographical works, numerous articles, and scores of pulp novels written under more than two dozen pseudonyms. Altogether, about 550 million copies of his works have been printed.

He is best known, however, for his 75 novels and 28 short stories featuring Commissaire Maigret. The first novel in the series, Pietr-le-Letton, appeared in 1931; the last one, Maigret et M. Charles, was published in 1972. The Maigret novels were translated into all major languages and several of them were turned into films and radio plays. Two television series (1960-63 and 1992-93)
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Average rating: 3.74 · 32,281 ratings · 3,330 reviews · 651 distinct works · Similar authors
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Dirty Snow
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The Yellow Dog
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Pietr the Latvian (Maigret,...
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The Strangers in the House
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Three Bedrooms in Manhattan
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The Train
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 539 ratings — published 1961 — 16 editions
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Maigret and the Madwoman
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 482 ratings — published 1970 — 24 editions
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Maigret Sets a Trap
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 513 ratings — published 1955 — 31 editions
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The Cellars of the Majestic
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“Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness. I don't think an artist can ever be happy.”
Georges Simenon

“It just happened. As though a moment comes when it's both necessary and natural to make a decision that has long since been made. ”
Georges Simenon

“The place smelled of fairgrounds, of lazy crowds, of nights when you stayed out because you couldn't go to bed, and it smelled like New York, of its calm and brutal indifference.”
Georges Simenon

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