Monday, April 11, 2016

On the dangerous edge …

… Bryan Appleyard — Simenon: The Artist of the Irresponsible. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

… the fact that his most famous works are detective stories, have perhaps disguised from a few literary snobs that he is, without doubt, one of the greatest writers of our time, not least because, like Maigret, he is so perfectly of our time. André Gide was one of the earliest to point this out, and he has been followed by William Faulkner, Muriel Spark, Peter Ackroyd, PD James and John Banville.
He is indeed on the of the greats.

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