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So I have a friend who organizes her reading when she can such that she reads everything by one author before moving on to the next. I never do this, or only very rarely, but it seems like a good idea for a variety of reasons. So I made myself a pledge that if I were to receive any books for Xmas, I’d do this with the first author I opened.

Oh shit. First and only book received today was Dirty Snow by Georges Simenon.

  • The Crime at Lock 14 (1931) (Penguin Classics UK, ISBN 0-14-118728-X)
  • The Yellow Dog (1931) (Penguin Classics UK, ISBN 0-14-118734-4)
  • The Madman of Bergerac (1932) (Penguin Classics UK, ISBN 0-14-118726-3)
  • The Bar on the Seine (1932) (Penguin Classics UK, ISBN 0-14-102588-3)
  • Tropic Moon (1933) (New York Review Books Classics, ISBN 1-59017-111-X)
  • The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1938) (New York Review Books Classics, ISBN 1-59017-149-7)
  • The Strangers in the House (1940) (New York Review Books Classics, ISBN 1-59017-194-2)
  • The Hotel Majestic (1942) (Penguin Classics UK, ISBN 0-14-118731-X)
  • Inspector Cadaver (1943) (Penguin Classics UK, ISBN 0-14-118725-5)
  • Monsieur Monde Vanishes (1945) (New York Review Books Classics, ISBN 1-59017-096-2)
  • Three Bedrooms in Manhattan (1945) (New York Review Books Classics, ISBN 1-59017-044-X)
  • Dirty Snow (1948) (New York Review Books Classics, ISBN 1-59017-043-1)
  • My Friend Maigret (1949) (Penguin Classics UK, ISBN 0-14-102586-7)
  • The Friend of Madame Maigret (1950) (Penguin Classics UK, ISBN 0-14-118740-9)
  • Maigret’s Memoirs (1951) (English translation 1963, A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book, ISBN 0-15-155148-0)
  • The Man on the Boulevard (1953) (Penguin Classics UK, ISBN 0-14-102590-5)
  • Red Lights (1955) (New York Review Books Classics, ISBN 1-59017-193-4)
  • A Man’s Head (1955) (Penguin Classics UK, ISBN 0-14-102589-1)
  • Maigret has Scruples (1958) (Harcourt Inc., ISBN 0-15-655160-8)
  • The Little Man from Archangel (1957) (Penguin Classics UK, ISBN 0-14-118771-9)
  • None of Maigret’s Business (1958) (translated by Richard Brain from Maigrets’ Amuse, published for the Crime Club by Dougbleday & Company Inc, Garden City, New York, Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 58-7367)
  • The Widower (1959) (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, published 1982, ISBN 0-15-196644-3)
  • Maigret in Court (1960) (Penguin Classics UK, ISBN 0-14-118729-8)
  • Maigret and the Idle Burglar (1961) (Penguin Classics UK, ISBN 0-14-118772-7)
  • Maigret and the Ghost (1964) (Penguin Classics UK, ISBN 0-14-118727-1)
  • Maigret and the Bum (1963) (Harcourt Inc., ISBN 0-15-602839-5)
  • Maigret’s Boyhood Friend (1968) (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., translation Eileen Ellenbogen, 1970)
  • The Bottom of the Bottle (1977) (Hamilton, USA ISBN-10: 0241896819 ISBN-13: 9780241896815) *The Bottom of the Bottle was originally published by Signet New York in 1954.

And those are just the ones easily obtainable in English. “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.”

I think I’ll call a do-over on this one. Though there’s a way that the sort of person who wrote 60-80 pp (wtf???) per day is exactly the sort of person I need to be spending some time with, yes.

Anyway, merry Xmas, y’all… Seriously – keep your eyes open for the Memphis shit to come. Gonna be something special. In addition to Dirty Snow, received an impossibly fancy camera so…. (I asked my wife if we could go to Graceland again while we’re there. She said no, but I’m working on it. It’s amazing how bringing and using photographic apparati changes your priorities and attention span and tolerance for shitty kitsch!)

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December 25, 2008 at 8:02 pm

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  1. It’s amazing how bringing and using photographic apparati changes your priorities and attention span and tolerance for shitty kitsch

    And you wonder why I suggest filling your obligatory holiday time with photo-essays!

    Incidentally, mmm, completism. Have read everything Aravind Adiga has published so far this holiday (my holiday, not his). Fortunately this list is much, much shorter than Simenon’s…

    infinite thought

    December 26, 2008 at 2:06 am

  2. I don’t believe Aravind Adiga was on the officially sanctioned reading list. Did we make an airport purchase, IT?

    AWP

    December 26, 2008 at 3:49 am

  3. Or rather several purchases at ‘Idiom’, really excellent Indian bookshop where English-language books cost £4…reading John Keay’s India: A History now, though I really should be writing a Honneth review…

    infinite thought

    December 27, 2008 at 3:51 am


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