Pietr the Latvian
The first Maigret novel (1931) in a gripping new translation by David Bellos launches the brand new Penguin Simenon series
What he sought, what he waited and watched out for was the crack in the wall. In other words, the instant when the human being comes out from behind the opponent.
Who is Peter the Latvian? Is he a gentleman thief? A Russian drinking absinthe in a grimy bar? A Norwegian sea captain with a wife and children? A twisted corpse in a train toilet? Or is he all of these men? In Simenon's first novel featuring Inspector Maigret, the laconic detective is taken from grimy dive bars to luxury hotels, as he solves the strange enigma of Pietr the Latvian.
Also publishing in 2013:
The Late Monsieur Gallet / 9780141393377 / £9.99 December 2013
'One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century' Guardian
'Compelling, remorseless, brilliant' John Gray
'I love reading Simenon. He makes me think of Chekhov' William Faulkner
Georges Simenon was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1903. Best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret books, his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories has made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland.
David Bellos is Director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication at Princeton University and has won many awards for his translations, including the Man Booker Translator Award.
Pub Date: November, 2013