Pedigree

Paperback $17.95

NYRB Classics | Jul 20, 2010 | 560 Pages | 5 x 8 | ISBN 9781590173510

  • Paperback$17.95

    NYRB Classics | Jul 20, 2010 | 560 Pages | 5 x 8 | ISBN 9781590173510

  • Ebook$17.95

    NYRB Classics | Nov 23, 2011 | ISBN 9781590175552

Praise

 “Pedigree is an unforgettable picture of the Belgian city of Liège and its people as observed by the innocent but pitiless eye of a very unusual little boy. It is a Dickensian portrait, with poverty, crime, lunacy, wealth, corruption, and mockery, but a complete absence of Dickensian sentimentality. The story opens with the birth of Roger Mamelin in 1903 and ends with the liberation of the city from German occupation in November 1918…The author objected to the book being called an “autobiographical novel,” but the details of Roger’s life are too close to those of Simenon’s for argument.”–Patrick Marnham, The Wall Street Journal

 

“This is what makes Simenon such an extraordinary novelist: the way he can mix everything together; the way he collects sounds, smells and sights and inflects them with menace, arousal, comfort or some other abstract quality that becomes concrete on the page and blooms into a story. Among other things, “Pedigree” is a remarkable act of mixing memory and imagination, re-creating the textures, places and people the author had left behind.” –The Los Angeles Times


“…once I begin to read his work, especially the romans durs, nothing else exists but the slide into whatever seedy underworld awaits… his autobiographical novel Pedigree is something of a departure, and not simply in terms of length. Pedigree is the book that Simenon spent the most time on, and it’s the one where the most time passes. —Liz Brown, The Paris Review Daily

 
Pedigree is an unforgettable picture of the Belgian city of Liège and its people as observed by the innocent but pitiless eye of a very unusual little boy. It is a Dickensian portrait, with poverty, crime, lunacy, wealth, corruption, and mockery, but a complete absence of Dickensian sentimentality.” —Patrick Marnham, The Wall Street Journal

“…it’s always enjoyable, and good to have back in English” –The Guardian (UK)

Pedigree is a very beautiful book full with humanism and tenderness, a gruff tone and sharp-edged words. A real discovery.” -La Tribune (Paris)

 

“Simenon was born in 1903 in Liege, Belgium. He tells the story of his childhood-his petit-bourgeois upbringing, his scheming mother, the early death of his gentle and unambitious father, the ravages of the war-in Pedigree, the barely fictionalized memoir that is his masterpiece and quite possibly the greatest single work of Belgian literature.”; -Luc Sante, New York Magazine

 

“Simenon brings to life in Pedigree the whole sensory world of his childhood in Liege. His words capture the sounds, sights, tastes, smells, and textures of the city…Writing in prose that is pictorial and tactile, Simenon in Pedigree does for Liege what the young Joyce did for Dublin: he evokes the city with such immediacy that we feel we’ve walked in its streets.” –Lucille Frackman Becker, Georges Simenon

 

“How important a writer is Georges Simenon? The greatest storyteller of our day, a writer comparable with Balzac…” -Julian Symons, The New York Times

 

“As the New York Review of Books Classics series publishes Simenon after Simenon at a rate the novelist would envy, it’s tempting to read them all in a lump, as an extensive, though still partial, psychological portrait of the writer.” -The Nation

 

“These books…are not mysteries…They are hard, blunt, frequently punishing studies of human beings driven by circumstance and personality to the ends of their tethers, forcing them to extreme measures…They are acute, compact, remarkably varied, and as lapidary as great pop songs.” -Luc Sante on NYRB’s reissues of Simenon’s romans durs, Bookforum

 

“One of the greatest and most prolific of the modern French creators of fiction.” -Philadelphia Inquirer

 

“Simeon is not only a master of suspense, he knows also how to probe so deeply into the minds of his characters as to reveal with remarkable fidelity the more evasive of human motives.” -Cleveland Press

 

“One of the world’s…most notable talents.” -Houston Chronicle

 

“There is a harsh, almost Biblical intensity to M. Simenon’s catalogues of punishment: he is a believer in original sin.” -New York Times

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