The Engagement

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The Engagement by Georges Simenon
Paperback $12.95

Mar 06, 2007 | 160 Pages

  • Paperback $12.95

    Mar 06, 2007 | 160 Pages

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"Published when Europe was between the wars, the novel depicts the impoverished City of Light as a moral vortex where truth isn’t as highly valued as survival. As with all of the hard novels, The Engagement is considerably more complex than most existential thrillers. Gripping, too—you’d have to scan the rest of the Simenon shelf to find a more engrossing beach read." –Time Out New York

“This is a quietly compelling story with no hero, no villain and no justice–just the inevitability of fate.” —Publishers Weekly

"Simenon is best-known for his Inspector Maigret mysteries. But he also wrote what he called romans dur – "hard novels," unblinkingly realistic psychological studies. The Engagement, first published in 1933, is one of the earliest of these…it is a mark of Simenon’s artistry that he can devise so compelling a tale." –Philadelphia Inquirer

“Attention should be paid to the New York Review of Books’ continuing reissues of Georges Simenon. Simenon was legendary both for his literary skill–four or five books every year for 40 years–and his sexual capacity, at least to hear him tell it. What we can speak of with some certainty are the novels, which are tough, rigorously unsentimental and full of rage, duplicity and, occasionally, justice. Simenon’s tone and dispassionate examination of humanity was echoed by Patricia Highsmith, who dispensed with the justice. So far, the Review has published Tropic Moon, The Man Who Watched Trains Go By, Red Lights, Dirty Snow and Three Bedrooms in Manhattan; The Strangers in the House comes out in November. Try one, and you’ll want to read more.” —The Palm Beach Post

"The most extraordinary literary phenomenon of the twentieth century."—Julian Symons

"The romans durs are extraordinary: tough, bleak, offhandedly violent, suffused with guilt and bitterness, redolent of place…wonderfully entertaining. They are also more philosophically profound than any of the fiction of Camus or Sartre, and far less self-conscious." —John Banville

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