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Fremd im eigenen Haus

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  600 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Dirty, drunk, unloved, and unloving, Hector Loursat has been a bitter recluse for eighteen long years—ever since his wife abandoned him and their newborn child to run off with another man. Once a successful lawyer, Loursat now guzzles burgundy and buries himself in books, taking little notice of his teenage daughter or the odd things going on in his vast and ever-more-dila ...more
Hardcover, 235 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Diogenes (first published 1940)
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David
Sep 11, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nyrb
Those four stars should have an asterisk beside them. In the ungenerous, critical light of the morning after, The Strangers in the House is probably just a three star book, but because I read a good chunk of it in the middle of the night, with the rain listlessly tapping on the roof and myself burrowed under a blanket to escape the pre-autumn chill, I awarded it an additional associative star. It was a perfect book, in my appraisal, for nestling; it contributed to such a totalizing feeling of se ...more
William1
Of the five or six Simenons I've read, The Strangers In the House strikes me as most pleasurable. The plotline would tell you little about the pleasures of this volume, they're all in the actual writing, so I will limit myself to the following. At the core of the novel is a man, Loursat, a lawyer, who has lived a deadened life since his wife left him for another man eighteen years ago. Now, however -- ironically -- with the commission of a murder that takes place in his own home he returns to li ...more
Mohammad Ali
من این کتاب رو با فرض اینکه یه کتاب جنایی و کارآگاهیه بدست گرفتم اما گرچه فضای کلی اثر در مورد یک جنایت بود اما بیشتر باید اونو یه کتاب روانشناسانه و انسانی دونست

داستان، داستان وکیلی است که بواسطه ی جنایتی که توسط عده ای از جوونا در خونه اش انجام میشه از عزلت خودخواسته اش، بعد از فرار همسرش با یکی دیگه، بیرون می آید. کل داستان، داستان حس و حال این آدمه در قبال این آدمای جوون و جهانی که اونا توش زندگی می کنن

خلاصه اینکه به درد کسی که می خواد یه اثر جنایی بخونه نمی خوره. اما نفس داستان به نظرم خوند
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Tosh
Jan 29, 2011 Tosh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hardcore Simenon fans
Not my favorite Simenon book, but still it's interesting and quite good. Reading the plot line is actually better than the book for some reason. And again it could have been a mood thing at the time of the reading of this book. Nevertheless Georges Simenon's work is pretty amazing. He has this cold or cool overlook of everything. He really doesn't judge his characters, which is great.

January 29, 2011,

I just re-read the book and my overall thoughts are the same, but what impresses me about Simen
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Jessica
Good but not as engrossing as the other romans durs of Simenon I've read. A father (Loursat) sequesters himself in his large home after his wife leaves, barely communicating with his servants and daughter (who's two at the time). He drinks and broods and seeks no one's company for years. A murder in his house changes the balance of things in the household and Loursat, a lawyer, even decides to take on the defense of his daughter's unjustly accused young lover.

There is much here about the petite
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Anastasia
In cerca di un diversivo per alleggerire il malloppo di Moby Dick, che rischiava seriamente di togliermi del tutto qualsiasi spirito d'iniziativa riguardante la lettura, ho ripiegato su un giustificatissimo saccheggio in biblioteca. Fra i tanti ostaggi questo Adelphi di Simenon, Gli intrusi.

Prospettiva:

"Una piovosa sera di ottobre, in una quieta cittadina di provincia dove ogni cosa sembra immersa «in un’atmosfera stagnante». In casa Loursat de Saint-Marc tutto si svolge esattamente come ogni
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Tony
Mar 16, 2014 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE STRANGERS IN THE HOUSE. (1940). George Simenon. ****.
This is certainly among the best of Simenon’s “psychological novels.” The story here takes a close look at a lawyer who has withdrawn from society, to the point where he doesn’t even know what is going on in his own house. His life thus far has not been personally successful. His wife left him for another man nearly eighteen years ago – leaving him to take care of their two-year old daughter, Nicole. He and Nicole rarely talked, and their
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Jim Coughenour
May 23, 2008 Jim Coughenour rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bleakfiction
Until this spring, I'd never read anything by Georges Simenon, the indecently prolific (400 books?!) author of the popular Maigret detective stories, as well as shelves of romans dur – hard Hobbesian parables (solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short) of mid-20th century misery. I still haven't read Maigret, but I've become addicted to the romans dur, mostly because New York Review of Books has been republishing them in stylish, haute-noir paperbacks.

I started with Three Bedrooms in Manhattan,
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Ffiamma
Aug 19, 2016 Ffiamma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
uno sconosciuto ucciso nella casa di un avvocato di provincia asociale e alcolizzato- e il protagonista, pian piano, scopre di non essersi mai reso conto né delle dinamiche della cittadina in cui vive né, tantomeno, dei comportamenti di sua figlia, trascurata fin dall'infanzia. il risveglio avviene suo malgrado e la misteriosa morte di un uomo servirà a fargli ritrovare l'umanità e un posto nel mondo. non il simenon migliore che abbia letto (la psicologia di hector loursat è descritta magistralm ...more
Camilla (Lettrice In Soffitta)
Potete leggere la recensione anche sul mio blog: http://lasoffittadiamelia.blogspot.it...

Loursat è oramai alla metà dei suoi anni. La sua vita si svolge essenzialmente all'interno del suo studio e della sua biblioteca. Si accompagna intere notti con fumo e alcol, leggendo tratti di romanzi e saggi senza davvero impegno. Fino a che non ode un rumore estraneo: è un colpo di pistola. Così si ritrova coinvolto nella morte di un uomo mai visto, di un gruppo di giovani scalmanati e nella vita, per lui
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Philippe Malzieu
Feb 22, 2014 Philippe Malzieu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is in all the novels of Simenon a high weight on his characters. They are not free. They are the toys of their destiny. They evolve to their inevitable tragedy because they are resigned to being the slave of their passion. There is Greek tragedy in these novels.
One summer I decide to read all Simenon's book in Pléiade collection.
There is something which trouble me in this incapacity to be able to act on his fate.
I think we have always the choice.
However Simenon is an immense writer and not
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Will
May 15, 2014 Will rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Myles
Aug 16, 2014 Myles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loursat has been satisfied for the past 18 years waking up well into day, pulling a few more bottles of wine up from the basement, walking around one block, eating a silent dinner with his 20 year old daughter and going back up to his warm study to read and drink until he feels he can sleep again. His is a member of one of the most respectable families in Moulins, he has money, and was gifted in his profession as a lawyer. He had always been studious and reclusive, so when his wife left him alon ...more
Clara Mazzi
Tutti a dire quanto sia eccezionale Simenon... E poi, non vedi: lo pubblica niente popo' di meno che l'Adelphi! E io tentenno. Non so perchè, ma non mi attrae. In vacanza trovo questo libro, dimenticato su di un tavolino. E' un segno mi dico. Sì, è il segno che mi conferma che Simenon scrive indubbiamente benissimo, che traccia degli acquerelli favolosi della società francese del 1939 ma che è datatissimo, un po' come i film in b/n che passavano di giorno su Rete 4 che guardavo quando ero malata ...more
Mark
Mar 17, 2007 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wilt Chamberlain of French letters.

http://www.thelmagazine.com/4/23/book...
Melinda
Simenon has a knack for noir, at least for this reader. I appreciate his emotionally cerebral approach and find all his stories appealing.

Loursat is a difficult character to warm up to. I found myself wanting to slap and embrace him. Just when you sense Loursat has finally emerged from his stupor he slips back into old habits while acknowledging his error, he’s apathetic and pathetic. He’s not just an absent parent, he’s absent from life. You have hope as he somewhat cleans up his act but you so
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John
Sep 27, 2014 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Strangers in the House follows Loursat, a formerly respected lawyer from a prominent family who has retreated to his bedroom, his books, and his wine since the sudden departure of his ex-wife decades earlier. The man is now pitied or despised or unloved by virtually everyone, including by his daughter who lives in his decrepit old house but with whom he rarely speaks. One evening, Loursat’s decades long stupor is suddenly shaken when he hears a gunshot, finds a murdered man in his home, and ...more
Adrian Astur Alvarez
The pleasures of this book come from subtle moments - an elegant piece of description, the natural interplay of diction between the main character's inner world and the world around him.

Georges Simenon may be a writer's writer. Certainly, a lot of what I liked about this novel was the economic way he was able to use language to convey two distinct and interesting storylines: one psychological, the other within the constraints of the genre.

I've read Paul Theroux compare Simenon to Camus (http://
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Rowland Bismark
The Strangers in the House begins with a phone call Hector Loursat makes to the local public prosecutor. Loursat quickly gets to the point:

"I've just found a stranger in my house ... in bed, in one of the rooms on the third floor ... He died at the exact moment I reached him ... Will you see about it, Gérard ? ... It's really tiresome. It looks to me like a criminal affair."

"Drunk as usual" is what the prosecutor's wife (who happens to be Loursat's cousin), listening in on the conversation, thin
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Ken
Nov 23, 2009 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a testament to Simenon’s quirky way of crafting a novel that when reading The Strangers in the House, one finds the actual solving of the mystery as the least interesting part of the novel.

Simenon took an interesting approach to his novels to say the least. He would often start out by writing everything he knew about his main characters on the backs of envelopes. Simple things: where do they live, what do they do for a living, who is in their family. Case in point, Hector Loursat, the prot
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Ted
Aug 17, 2013 Ted rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first Simenon I read (Dirty Snow) and hoped this would be as good. It wasn't --quite.

Simenon again creates a character on the edge of society, this time it is Loursat a disgraced, former lawyer who has fallen from an elite to a drunken recluse. Loursat's world is described so well, so fully that it almost make sense, it is almost appealing. But the other characters are not as filly realized and as Loursat's journey back to society progresses there is less and less to hold on to. And
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Laura
May 20, 2010 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an odd little book. It's part whodoneit, part courtroom drama, part character study, and part redemption story. The character study and resulting redemption were certainly the most interesting bits and were given the most focus. The murder mystery part, though interesting and of course essential to the story of Loursat's growth, was a little bland (though I certainly may be spoiled by Agatha Christie when it comes to my expectations of what a true detective story should be). The world Si ...more
Roger
Jun 02, 2012 Roger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Georges Simenon is one of the world’s most prolific crime writers. His novels number over four hundred. Amazingly, they are also highly regarded. I have read a few. Those have been singular and interesting. I particularly like his Inspector Maigret stories. This is not one of them. I liked it also. Always the mystery of the crime is secondary. It is the mystery of the people his protagonist engages with that keeps one reading. A gang of youths is living in a morose defense attorney’s house, wher ...more
Sam
Dec 28, 2008 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
It's always nice to read a book that doesn't waste a word, especially when it manages to touch on so many things, despite the economy. If you want an example of the blurry lines between literary and genre fiction, you can't do much better than the Strangers in the House, which manages to be a police procedural, a meditation on solitude, an existential novel, and a social drama, all at once. A rich alcoholic lawyer wakes up from his drunken stupor one evening to find that his daughter and a bunch ...more
Jim
Oct 27, 2008 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Simenon newbies
Recommended to Jim by: John Banville
A man “awakens” from an 18-year affair with the bottle when a shot rings out in his house and a stranger is found dead in an unused room. Imagine “The Fall of the House of Usher” as a teleplay written during the golden age of radio and you get a sense of how Simenon sets out solving the various problems he creates for his characters. Even though the plot is a bit clunky it mirrors the protagonist’s gradual re-engagement with the world. The Strangers in the House isn’t one his best romans durs bu ...more
Richard
May 03, 2011 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short, well written mystery that isn't really about the mystery - more about the gradual transformation of our main character, Hector Loursat, a gifted attorney who spends most of his time sitting in his study reading and downing glasses of red wine, only leaving to descend into his wine cellar and lug up bottles of burgundy. A nearly complete alcoholic recluse, Hector is awakened from his hazy life of the mind and drawn unwillingly into the life of his daughter (who he's tried his best to com ...more
Joe Stinnett
All these Simenon psychological thrillers are very good, or the four or five I have read are. Protagonist is the usual inner-directed weirdo, this time a boozy hermit-like attorney living with his daughter and a couple of servants in a small French town
Mikee
Aug 23, 2016 Mikee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: simenon
I would have given this dark and brooding book five stars except for one thing. At the end of the day I couldn't figure out why the deed was done by the person that did it. No matter (much). Still a great book.
Erin
Oct 23, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading mysteries in the fall, and had the hood fortune of discovering this at the King's English independent bookstore in Salt lake City. more psychological than anything else but very compelling
Tim Howard
My first non-Maigret Simenon. Although this wasn't the most engaging of stories, Simenon's depiction of the main character, the sad sack alcoholic recluse Lousart, made it all worthwhile.
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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.

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