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Free read La neige était sale ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ↠ Nineteen year old Frank Friedmaier lives in a country under occupation Most people struggle to get by; Frank takes it easy in his mother’s whorehouse which caters to members of the occupying forces But Frank is restless He is a pimp a thug a petty thief and ?opens he has just killed his first man Through the unrelenting darkness and cold of an endless winter Frank will pursue abjection until at last there is nowhere to goHans Koning has described  Dirty Snow as “one of the very few novels to come out of German occupied Franc. Dirty Snow a withering parade of apathy it languishes and eventually disintegrates in a desolate gray landscape of inscrutable uncertainty A perfect summer beach read Eighteen year old Frank the fiercely vacant antihero is a callous arrogant thug He commits increasingly depraved acts determined to prove that he’s an emotionless killer who doesn’t give a shit about anything This desire of course reveals that he isn’t uite as indifferent as he likes to think he is It takes him a while to figure this out By the time he does it’s too late Or wasn’t it alwaysAll in all a seductively bleak tightly written descent into existential malaise emptiness and despair “Frank had done what he wanted to do He had rounded the cape He had looked at the other side He hadn’t seen what he expected to see Who cared”

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E that gets it exactly right” In a study of the criminal mind that is comparable to Jim Thompson’s  The Killer Inside Me Simenon maps a no man’s land of the spirit in which human nature is driven to destruction and redemption perhaps as well by forces beyond its contro. In his afterword to this novel William T Vollmann opines As technology and corporatism impel us and to treat one another like things loyalty and decency approach irrelevance except between intimates and sometimes even then Dirty Snow is certainly a book that compels a reader to feel much the same as WTV does about what happens to the human soul in the trash compactor crush of Money and Civilization but there are many books that tell this story So why read this oneSimenon's particular genius is giving us a protagonist loathsome yet relatable and portrayed with a subtlety that belies his horrific actions Frank is like the rest of us his need to count to be known recognized isn't anything new Simenon puts us in the mind of a creature that by the end of the story we find real discomfort in just how human a monster can be The snow falls where it wants when it wants whether mankind wishes it or no In the end all we can do is make it filthy

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La neige était saleNineteen year old Frank Friedmaier lives in a country under occupation Most people struggle to get by; Frank takes it easy in his mother’s whorehouse which caters to members of the occupying forces But Frank is restless He is a pimp a thug a petty thief and as  Dirty Snow?. In the world of novel writing Georges Simenon was the Mozart of the novel He uit school for good as a teenager never participated in a writing workshop never enrolled in a writing program and never attended a writing class With his innate ear for language and dialogue eye for detail and feel for storytelling all he needed was four dozen freshly sharpened pencils lined up on his desk and a 'Do Not Disturb' sign to hang on his door And presto – a first rate novel written at fever pitch in two weeks Goodness what some writers wouldn’t give to have a fraction of his talent After ten years of writing dime store potboilers Simenon decided to get serious and started writing his Detective Maigret novels A few years after pumping out detective novels again Simenon decided to become even serious and thus began writing what he sometimes characterized as romans durs that is “straight novels” or “hard novels” meaning hard on the reader PD James termed these Simenon third phase books as “dark novels” Personally I like the sound of all three together straight hard and dark And let me tell you folks Dirty Snow is exactly that straight as in straight psychological study a mile away from detective fiction hard as in very hard on the reader and dark as in the deep recesses of the human psyche Simenon’s novels are nearly always strict point of view narratives where readers see people and unfolding events only as the main character sees them With Dirty Snow the novel’s main character is a burly eighteen year old by the name of Frank Friedmaier a despicable lout if there ever was one The novel isn’t written in first person but it’s a close cousin – in each and every scene it’s as if we are standing directly behind Frank gazing over his brawny swinish shoulder Judging this novel set in an unnamed European city under World War II type foreign military occupation as hard on the reader would be understatement; anyone opening the book’s pages had better be prepared for a story that’s tough to swallow; actually on further reflection make that extremely tough to swallow At various points in the narrative Dirty Snow reminded me of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange random youth violence Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We eerie dystopia Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago state sponsored fear and Franz Kafka’s The Trial nightmarish interrogations Likewise Albert Camus’ 1945 novel The Stranger written three year prior to Simenon’s in the sense Dirty Snow is coated with existential alienation as snow in the novel is coated with dirt and also is structurally similar to The Stranger in that it is divided into two distinct parts – Frank living on the outside and Frank shut up on the inside My strong sense is if Georges Simenon didn’t write all those potboilers and Detective Maigret novels and only wrote a few of his romans durs then Dirty Snow would be studied and discussed alongside such classics of existentialism as The Stranger and Jean Paul Sartre’s Nausea Now I can see why George Simenon thought himself worthy of the Nobel Prize and resented publishers and literati who labeled him a hack catering to the clamoring detective fiction loving rabbleIn the first chapter we learn Frank links sex with violence and feels inferior to other slightly older men who have committed murders thus Frank plans to murder his first man a fat officer in the army of occupation known as the Eunuch who is drinking in a bar murder him with a knife that very evening as something akin to a rite of passage We also come to understand Frank has an odd relationship with an older man his neighbor Gerhardt Holst a man we might infer is a father figure for Frank Frank waits in the snow of the back alley knife at the ready waiting for the Eunuch to walk out of the bar Just at that moment Holst walks down the alley Holst would never see him pressed up against the wall but Frank coughs to make sure Holst knows he is there Frank reflects “Of course it wasn’t because of Holst that he was going to kill the Eunuch That was already decided It was just that at that moment his act had made no sense It had been almost a joke a childish prank What was it he had said Like losing his virginity” Let us recall how in traditional societies the rite of passage from boyhood to manhood does not happen in isolation but is a community event witnessed by older men Perhaps Frank yearns for such a communal passageThe plot uickly thickens I highly recommended this penetrating existential novel published by New York Review Books since there is a most insightful ten page Afterward written by William T Vollmann Afterward rather than Introduction is ideal in this case under the assumption one has already read Dirty Snow Vollmann critiues the novel in detail without risking giving anything away At one point Vollmann observes “Here is Simenon’s genius Frank wants to be recognized He wants to be known He scarcely knows himself or anything else worth knowing But if he can somehow stand revealed to the gaze of the Other then maybe he will achieve some sort of realization Don’t you and I want to be real than we are And wouldn’t it be convenient if somebody else could help us get there” I hope your literary appetite has been whetted Again highly recommendedGeorges Simenon The first cup of coffee Awake at 600 he prepares it himself and drinks it installed at his machine He gives himself until 900 to write a whole chapter He works only by electric light