Nineteen-year-old Frank Friedmaier lives in a country under occupation. Most people struggle to get by; Frank takes it easy in his mother's whorehouse, which caters to members of the occupying forces. But Frank is restless. He is a pimp, a thug, a petty thief, and, as Dirty Snow opens, he has... show more
Nineteen-year-old Frank Friedmaier lives in a country under occupation. Most people struggle to get by; Frank takes it easy in his mother's whorehouse, which caters to members of the occupying forces. But Frank is restless. He is a pimp, a thug, a petty thief, and, as Dirty Snow opens, he has just killed his first man. Through the unrelenting darkness and cold of an endless winter, Frank will pursue abjection until at last there is nowhere 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." In a study of the criminal mind that is comparable to Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me, Simenon maps a no man's land of the spirit in which human nature is driven to destruction—and redemption, perhaps, as well—by forces beyond its control.
Publish date: August 31st 2003
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, World War II
What do it think? I think I'd do this book no justice by trying to review it. Instead I'll just point anyone to Vollman's afterword if they are interested in the book, that man knows what he is talking about.
Wow. An incredible journey that takes the main character Frank from self-destruction to redemption. Frank, is an 18 year old, in an occupied country during WWII. He lives with his mother in a whorehouse and spends his time with thuggish losers. He's angry and without direction and so starts on a co...
- Ladies and gentlemen, watch carefully. Here's Frank, a young punk who lives in his mother's brothel in occupied France. He lies, drinks, steals, does black market business with the German officers, commits murder just for fun. Yes, feel free to touch him, he fucks his mother's girls every night wh...
To be hones, I expected more out of this book. It could be that I overhyped it in my mind which I do have a tendency to do with some authors and/or books...but I would def. seek out more from this author or reread this to see if i changed my mind!
One of Simenon's more thoughtful stand-alones, asking questions about how someone truly depraved can approach redemption.