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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 »
ISBN-13: 9781590170434
ISBN-10: 1590170431
Publication Date: 8/31/2003
Pages: 246
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Publisher: New York Review of Books
Book Type: Paperback
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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.