Simenon’s ‘romans policiers’ get the classy presentation they deserve

July 21, 2008 at 12:37 am (books, France, Mystery fiction) ()

Last Sunday, Marilyn Stasio concluded her column of mystery reviews by praising the Penguin re-issues Georges Simenon’s Maigret novels.  She describes them as “compact, beautifully designed, irresistibly tactile.”

Here I sit here holding The Bar on the Seine, with one of Brassai’s evocative pictures of a bygone Paris inset on the cover. I could not agree more with Marilyn Stasio’s observations. This is a case where you really can judge the books by their covers!


More photos by Brassai:


  1. Nat said,

    hi, wat are these pics called}}}}}}}}}

  2. caroline said,

    i love these pictures.
    btw to answer your question nat this picture is called night

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