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For forty years Charles Alavoine has sleepwalked through his life. Growing up as a good boy in the grip of a domineering mother, he trains as a doctor, marries, opens a medical practice in a quiet country town, and settles into an existence of impeccable bourgeois conformity. And yet at unguarded moments this model family man is haunted by a sense of emptiness and futility.

Then, one night, laden with Christmaspresents, he meets Martine. It is time for the sleeper to awake.

About the Author

Georges Simenon (1903–1989) was born in Lige, Belgium. He went to work as a reporter at the age of fifteen and in 1923 moved to Paris, where under various pseudonyms he became a highly successful and prolific author of pulp fiction while leading a dazzling social life. In the early 1930s, Simenon emerged as a writer under his own name, gaining renown for his detective stories featuring Inspector Maigret. He also began to write his psychological novels, or romans durs—books in which he displays a sympathetic awareness of the emotional and spiritual pain underlying the routines of daily life. Having written nearly two hundred books under his own name and become the best-selling author in the world, Simenon retired as a novelist in 1973, devoting himself instead to dictating several volumes of memoirs.

Louise Varse (1891–1989) was an American writer and translator. In 1969 she was designated a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France in recognition of her translations of Baudelaire, Sartre, Proust, Michaux, and Bernanos, among other writers. She and her husband, the composer Edgard Varse, were close friends of Georges Simenon during his years in the United States, and she translated some fifteen of his novels.

Roger Ebert has been the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975. From 1976 through 2006 he co-hosted a weekly film-review program on American television. He is the author of many books, including the 2011 memoir, Life Itself.

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ISBN:
9781590175545
Publisher:
New York Review of Books
Subject:
Fiction : Mystery & Detective - General
Translator:
Varese, Louise
Introduction:
Ebert, Roger
Author:
Simenon, Georges
Author:
Ebert, Roger
Subject:
Fiction : Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Fiction : Psychological
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Publication Date:
October 2011
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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