1. Joan Acocella on Act of Passion

    The October 10th edition of The New Yorker had a piece by Joan Acocella on Georges Simenon, particularly the roman durs (literally: “hard novels”). Here’s what she had to say about Act of Passion, which we published this week:

    "This is a classic dur, in which a man, Charles Alavoine, escapes from what he feels is a mediocre existence in favor of a sort of self-immolation. Near the end, he has just made love with the woman, Martine, for whom he gave up everything. He is holding her in his arms and stroking the place on her thigh that he likes best. ‘And to think that I shall have to kill her one day,’ he says to himself. Then he goes on caressing her thigh.”


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