Dirty Snow (New York Review Books Classics)
Dirty Snow - New York Review Books Classics Author:Georges Simenon, Louise Varese, William T. Vollmann Dirty Snow, widely acknowledged as one of Simenon's finest books, is a study of the criminal mind comparable to Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me. It tells the story of Frank, a pimp, a petty thief, and collaborator in occupied France. Through the long and unrelenting cold and darkness of a long winter Frank pursues all the possibilites of per... more »dition until at last there is nowhere left to go. Hans Koning has described Dirty Snow as "one of the very few novels to come out of German-occupied France that gets it exactly right." Simenon maps a no mans land of the spirit in which human nature is driven to destructionand redemption, perhaps, as wellby forces beyond its control.« less
Dirty Snow is an apt title for this sparse noir novel. Living in his mother's brothel, Frank is a young petty thug who gets by better than most despite foreign occupation. However, he is emotionally numbed and restless, going on a flashy self-destructive spree that catches up with him. In some ways he is like snow which can not be kept pristine by his surroundings, and his character's development has a chilling effect. Georges Simenon, a prolific Belgian writer, effects the right gloomy tone in this bildungsroman of a troubled young man.