Georges Simenon was not only a popular and prolific novelist but also a visionary writer of modern life. His short romans durs, the “hard” or “tough” novels he set apart from his crowd-pleasing Maigret mysteries, are perceptive, nervewracking and unsentimental explorations of the crooked passages of the mind and heart. John Banville will discuss the singular art of this powerful and still under-appreciated writer with John Gray, for whom Simenon “achieved the rare feat of entertaining us with the truth”. Edwin Frank, editor of the NYRB Classics series which is republishing Simenon, will be in the chair. (FlossieT)
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