Pietr the Latvian

Pietr the Latvian


Translator: David Bellos

Format
Paperback
Price
$10.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141392738
  • 176  Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

A gripping new translation of the first novel in the famous Inspector Maigret series

What he sought, what he waited and watched out for was the crack in the wall. In other words, the instant when the human being comes out from behind the opponent . . .

Who is Pietr the Latvian? Is he a gentleman thief? A Russian drinking absinthe in a grimy bar? A married Norwegian sea captain? A twisted corpse in a train bathroom? Or is he all of these men? Inspector Maigret, tracking a mysterious adversary and a trail of bodies, must bide his time before the answer comes into focus.

The first book in the brand new Penguin Simenon series featuring brilliant renderings by some of today’s best translators from French, Pietr the Latvian introduces the intrepid Inspector to a new audience.

Praise

‘One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century…Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories.’
– The Guardian
‘I love reading Simenon. He makes me think of Chekhov.’
– William Faulkner
‘The greatest of all, the most genuine novelist we have had in literature’
– André Gide
‘A supreme writer…unforgettable vividness’
– The Independent
‘Superb… The most addictive of writers… A unique teller of tales’
– The Observer
‘Compelling, remorseless, brilliant.’
– John Gray
‘A truly wonderful writer… marvellously readable – lucid, simple, absolutely in tune with the workd he creates’
– Muriel Spark
‘A novelist who entered his fictional world as it he were a part of it’
– Peter Ackroyd
‘Extraordinary masterpieces of the twentieth century’
– John Banville
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