Maigret and Bleached Bones

Maigret Returns

Over the last few days I’ve been slowly clawing through the mental cobwebs of opioid detox to find my way back to creativity. I’ve begun working in earnest on “The Bones Lie Bleaching”, my offering for the Underground Voices 2014 noir anthology, and another short fiction noir piece waits in the wings after “Bones” is done. It will be done when it’s done, I’m not rushing it. I can’t.

The other piece is an homage to Georges Simenon’s Inspector Maigret. And on that cue, as Lela noted on her Facebook feed this morning, Penguin Classics is about to release new translations of several Maigret novels. From the U.K. Telegraph:

Starting this month the imprint is publishing every single one of Georges Simenons novels featuring the French detective Jules Maigret, in new translations by distinguished names such as David Bellos and Anthea Bell.

Those who want to collect the whole set will need deep pockets. The series, which is being reissued at the rate of one a month, comes to 75 titles; a figure that seems all the more astonishing when you realise that they make up barely a fifth of Simenon’s literary output. But for those of us who are Maigret addicts, 75 novels are scarcely enough.

Unlike his famous French creation, Simenon (1903-1989) was Belgian. He was born in Liège, and later claimed that his taste for criminality, duplicity and moral ambiguity was fostered by the German occupation of the city during the First World War. “We were taught to cheat and defraud and lie,” he wrote. “We were taught how to live in the shadows… the children [would] carry letters around which had come from the other side of the front line, and which a grown-up would have been shot for carrying.”

I once owned an extensive collection of Simenon’s Maigret novels, almost all of them acquired rather cheaply through online used book retailer Alibris. There were about 35 books in all, most of them previous library (ex-lib) hardback editions since paperbacks are rough on my hands. Alas, the last I saw of them was in a mold and mildew encased cardboard box in back of T.C.’s house in Highland Park earlier this year. More on the relevance of why I mention this in a later post.

In the interim, thanks to a gift from a friend I had the $60.00 on hand on Paypal this morning to pay the past due internet bill but I ended up having to split the difference since we needed some groceries. I paid $31.00 on the bill and used the remaining balance at the store. I still have no goddamn idea how I’m going to get to the doctor this month.

List of Maigret novels by date of French-language publication.

Title Date English title(s)
Pietr-le-Letton 1931 The Strange Case of Peter the Lett
The Case of Peter the Lett
Maigret and the Enigmatic Lett
Le Charretier de la Providence 1931 The Crime at Lock 14
Maigret Meets a Milord
Lock 14
M. Gallet décédé 1931 The Death of Monsieur Gallet
Maigret Stonewalled
Le Pendu de Saint-Pholien 1931 The Crime of Inspector Maigret
Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets
La Tête d’un homme
(L’Homme de la Tour Eiffel)
1931 A Battle of Nerves
Maigret’s War of Nerves
A Man’s Head
Le Chien jaune 1931 A Face for a Clue
Maigret and the Concarneau Murders
Maigret and the Yellow Dog
The Yellow Dog
La Nuit du carrefour 1931 Maigret at the Crossroads
Un Crime en Hollande 1931 A Crime in Holland
Maigret in Holland
Au Rendez-vous des Terre-Neuves 1931 The Sailor’s Rendezvous
Maigret Answers a Plea
La Danseuse du Gai-Moulin 1931 At the Gai Moulin
Maigret at the Gai Moulin
La Guinguette à deux sous 1932 Guinguette by the Seine
Maigret and the Tavern by the Seine
Maigret to the Rescue
A Spot by the Seine
The Bar on the Seine
L’Ombre chinoise 1932 The Shadow in the Courtyard
Maigret Mystified
L’Affaire Saint-Fiacre 1932 Maigret and the Countess
The Saint-Fiacre Affair
Maigret Goes Home
Maigret on Home Ground
Chez les Flamands 1932 The Flemish Shop
Maigret and the Flemish Shop
Le Port des brumes 1932 Death of a Harbour Master
Maigret and the Death of a Harbor Master
Le Fou de Bergerac 1932 The Madman of Bergerac
Liberty Bar 1932 Liberty Bar
Maigret on the Riviera
L’Écluse no. 1 1933 The Lock at Charenton
Maigret Sits It Out
Lock No. 1
La femme rousse 1933 The Redhead
Maigret 1934 Maigret Returns
La Maison du juge 1940 Maigret in Exile
Les Caves du Majestic 1942 Maigret and the Hotel Majestic
The Hotel Majestic
Cécile est morte 1942 Maigret and the Spinster
Signé Picpus 1944 To Any Lengths
Maigret and the Fortuneteller
Félicie est là 1944 Maigret and the Toy Village
L’Inspecteur Cadavre 1944 Maigret’s Rival
Inspector Cadaver
Maigret se fâche August 1945 Maigret in Retirement
Maigret à New York March 1946 Maigret in New York
Inspector Maigret in New York’s Underworld
Maigret in New York’s Underworld
Les Vacances de Maigret November 1947 A Summer Holiday
No Vacation for Maigret
Maigret on Holiday
Maigret et son mort January 1948 Maigret’s Dead Man
Maigret’s Special Murder
La Première enquête de Maigret, 1913 October 1948 Maigret’s First Case
Mon ami Maigret February 1949 My Friend Maigret
The Methods of Maigret
Maigret chez le coroner July 1949 Maigret at the Coroner‘s
L’Amie de Mme Maigret December 1949 Madame Maigret’s Own Case
Madame Maigret’s Friend
The Friend of Madame Maigret
Les Mémoires de Maigret September 1950 Maigret’s Memoirs
Maigret et la vieille dame December 1950 Maigret and the Old Lady
Maigret au “Picratt’s” December 1950 Maigret and the Strangled Stripper
Maigret in Montmartre
Inspector Maigret and the Strangled Stripper
Maigret en meublé February 1951 Maigret Takes a Room
Maigret Rents a Room
Maigret et la grande perche May 1951 Inspector Maigret and the Burglar’s Wife
Maigret and the Burglar’s Wife
Maigret, Lognon et les gangsters September 1951 Inspector Maigret and the Killers
Maigret and the Gangsters
Le Revolver de Maigret June 1952 Maigret’s Revolver
Maigret et l’homme du banc 1953 Maigret and the Man on the Boulevard
Maigret and the Man on the Bench
The Man on the Boulevard
Maigret a peur March 1953 Maigret Afraid
Maigret se trompe August 1953 Maigret’s Mistake
Maigret à l’école December 1953 Maigret Goes to School
Maigret et la jeune morte January 1954 Inspector Maigret and the Dead Girl
Maigret and the Young Girl
Maigret chez le ministre August 1954 Maigret and the Minister
Maigret and the Calame Report
Maigret et le corps sans tête January 1955 Maigret and the Headless Corpse
Maigret tend un piège July 1955 Maigret Sets a Trap
Un Échec de Maigret March 1956 Maigret’s Failure
Maigret s’amuse September 1956 Maigret’s Little Joke
None of Maigret’s Business
Maigret voyage August 1957 Maigret and the Millionaires
Les Scrupules de Maigret December 1957 Maigret Has Scruples
Maigret et les témoins récalcitrants October 1958 Maigret and the Reluctant Witnesses
Une Confidence de Maigret May 1959 Maigret Has Doubts
Maigret aux assises November 1959 Maigret in Court
Maigret et les vieillards June 1960 Maigret in Society
Maigret et le voleur paresseux January 1961 Maigret and the Lazy Burglar
Maigret and the Idle Burglar
Maigret et les braves gens September 1961 Maigret and the Black Sheep
Maigret et le client du samedi February 1962 Maigret and the Saturday Caller
Maigret et le clochard May 1962 Maigret and the Dosser
Maigret and the Bum
La Colère de Maigret June 1962 Maigret Loses His Temper
Maigret et le fantôme June 1963 Maigret and the Ghost
Maigret and the Apparition
Maigret se défend July 1964 Maigret on the Defensive
La Patience de Maigret March 1965 The Patience of Maigret
Maigret Bides His Time
Maigret et l’affaire Nahour February 1966 Maigret and the Nahour Case
Le Voleur de Maigret November 1966 Maigret’s Pickpocket
Maigret and the Pickpocket
Maigret à Vichy September 1967 Maigret Takes the Waters
Maigret in Vichy
Maigret hésite January 1968 Maigret Hesitates
L’Ami d’enfance de Maigret June 1968 Maigret’s Boyhood Friend
Maigret et le tueur April 1969 Maigret and the Killer
Maigret et le marchand de vin September 1969 Maigret and the Wine Merchant
La Folle de Maigret May 1970 Maigret and the Madwoman
Maigret et l’homme tout seul February 1971 Maigret and the Loner
Maigret et l’indicateur June 1971 Maigret and the Flea
Maigret and the Informer
Maigret et Monsieur Charles February 1972 Maigret and Monsieur Charles 

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