(Impossible) Crime in Translation: The Seventh Guest by Gaston Boca (1935)

Then a dispute arose between d’Arlon, his wife, and Émile. There were six of us, including Émile, who were supposed to share the table. But seven settings had been laid.Émile claimed he had taken the number of place settings prepared by his mistress. She claimed to have laid out the correct number. According to John … Continue reading (Impossible) Crime in Translation: The Seventh Guest by Gaston Boca (1935)

Tuesday Night Bloggers: The Sixth Simenon Omnibus

Georges Simenon, was a prolific Belgian author, most famous for his fictional commissaire of Paris' Brigade Criminelle, Jules Maigret. However, he also wrote many books which did not feature Maigret.The Sixth Simenon Omnibus contains three novels which discuss the role that sex has in people's lives - whether as a way of exhibiting their power … Continue reading Tuesday Night Bloggers: The Sixth Simenon Omnibus

Challenge Complete: Books on France

I feel a great sense of accomplishment having successfully completed the BOOKS ON FRANCE challenge hosted @ Words and Peace. It is always easier for me to read fiction rather than non-fiction and so I am glad that I read not one but two Non-fiction books for this challenge. Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth is a classic … Continue reading Challenge Complete: Books on France

Forgotten Book: Maigret Loses His Temper by Georges Simenon

Jules Maigret is the creation of Belgian writer, Georges Simenon, who made his first appearance in Pietr-le-Leton. Between 1931 and 1972, he appeared in some 100 odd novels and short stories. He has also made numerous appearances on both big and small screens. Despite such a prolific career, I had not heard of him till … Continue reading Forgotten Book: Maigret Loses His Temper by Georges Simenon

‘Scars and Chains’: Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth

In 1953, a young psychiatrist was assigned to the Blida-Joinville Psychiatric hospital in  Algeria, at that time a colony of the French. Battling a host of racial prejudices that even used scientific studies to designate Africans as little more than animals, Frantz Fanon started documenting the cases that came to him even as the Algerian … Continue reading ‘Scars and Chains’: Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth