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The Pitards
By (author): Georges Simenon Translated by: David Bellos
9780241325476 Paperback, Trade English FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General Jan 02, 2080
$17.50 CAD
Cancelled 5.06 x 7.75 in 144 pages Penguin Books
All hell breaks loose for a ship captain struggling to keep his family intact in this brilliant new translation of Georges Simenon’s classic novel

Captain Lannec has finally managed to buy his own ship with the financial help of his in-laws, the Pitards—and they’ve never let him forget it. When his temperamental wife Mathilde insists on coming along on the ship’s first voyage, Lannec becomes increasingly unnerved by her presence, especially after he receives an anonymous note predicting he won’t make it back to port. As they hit a storm in the Atlantic, jealousy, spite, snobbery and suspicion are churned up in the boat’s stiflingly close quarters.

Originally published in 1935, The Pitards was one of the first novels Simenon wrote when he shelved his famous Maigret series in order to strike out in a new direction and make a name for himself as a literary writer. This gripping evocation of life at sea revolves around class and the tense unravelling of relationships, powerful themes that Simenon would return to throughout his writing career.

Story Locale: Paris, France

SUCCESSFUL PUBLISHING PROGRAM: Since we began publishing these new editions in 2014, we have sold more than 160,000 copies of Simenon’s books. Each new installment in the series reliably sells between 3,000 and 4,000 copies.

CELEBRITY FANS: Simenon has an incredibly loyal readership, including such famous names as former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, actor Bill Nighy, writer Paul Theroux, and many more.

AUTHENTIC VOICE AND VISION: We are publishing Simenon’s novels chronologically in authentic new translations, bringing readers closer than ever to his powerful, consuming work and allowing them to experience it to the fullest.

LITERARY TRANSLATIONS: Some of the most highly regarded translators in the field are working on the project, including David Bellos, Anthea Bell, Sian Reynolds, and David Coward.

Georges Simenon (1903-1989) was born in Liège, Belgium. He is best known in the English-speaking world as the author of the Inspector Maigret books. His prolific output of more than four hundred novels and short stories has made him a household name in continental Europe.

David Bellos is Director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication at Princeton University, where he is also a professor of French and comparative literature. He has won many awards for his translations of Georges Perec, Ismail Kadare, and others, including the Man Booker International Translator’s Award. He also received the Prix Goncourt for George Perec: A Life in Words.

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Praise for Georges Simenon:

“One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century…Simenon was unequaled 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 (London)

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