Le chien jaune

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Presses de la Cité, Jan 2, 2003 - Fiction - 189 pages
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Vendredi 7 novembre. Concarneau est desert. L'horloge lumineuse de la vieille ville, qu'on apercoit au-dessus des remparts, marque onze heures moins cinq.C'est le plein de la maree et une tempete du sud-ouest fait s'entrechoquer les barques dans le port. Le vent s'engouffre dans les rues, ou l'on voit parfois des bouts de papier filer a toute allure au ras du sol.Quai de l'Aiguillon, il n'y a pas une lumiere. Tout est ferme. Tout le monde dort. Seules les trois fenetres de l'hotel de l'Amiral, a l'angle de la place et du quai, sont encore eclairees

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The Yellow Dog, or Le Chien jaune in its original French version is at the heart of my study on literary tourism so if you have any comments on how the novel has made you want to visit the town where it is set, please write here or look for my Google+ Community at http://goo.gl/rfXB2
Concarneau in Finistère, Brittany holds a Chien jaune detective fiction festival every year, usually in July, so again, if you've been or plan to visit then do send me some comments to help with my research. I am trying to see what extra value literary travellers find when they visit the scene of the mystery. Do you identify with Maigret, for example? Do you or have you been to look for any of the places in the story, for instance the Admiral Hotel (now, alas, only a bar and restaurant, but a very good one). I'll not spoil the story here though, except to recommend reading it in English translation or in its French original. I've heard on the grapevine that Penguin may be re-launching its Maigret series in autumn 2013.
 

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The prolific Belgian-born writer Georges Simenon produced hundreds of fictional works under his own name and 17 pseudonyms, in addition to more than 70 books about Inspector Maigret, long "the favorite sleuth of highbrow detective-story readers" (SR). More than 50 "Simenons" have been made into films. In addition to his mystery stories, he wrote what he called "hard" books, the serious psychological novels numbering well over 100. The autobiographical Pedigree, set in his native town of Liege, is perhaps his finest work. The publication of Simenon's intimate memoirs also attracted considerable attention. Simenon himself once said that he would never write a "great novel." Yet Gide called him "a great novelist, perhaps the greatest and truest novelist we have in French literature today," and Thornton Wilder (see Vol. 1) found that Simenon's narrative gift extends "to the tips of his fingers." The following are some of Simenon's novels, exclusive of the Maigret detective stories, that are in print.

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