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The Little Man from Archangel (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 29 Jul 2004


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (29 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141187719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141187716
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 498,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Georges Simenon was born in Liege in 1903. He published over 160 books and his work has been admired by almost all the leading French and English critics. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages and more than 40 have been filmed. Simenon died in Switzerland in 1989.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jl Adcock VINE VOICE on 23 May 2011
Format: Paperback
Simenon and Camus had more in common that perhaps first meets the eye; one is better known for churning out something like 400 novels, the other is held in high regard for his existentialist novels and prize winning literature. Yet both write stories about people who don't quite fit into society, and who, one way or another, pay a high price for not doing so.

Paul Theroux wrote an excellent essay about Camus and Simenon, and the link between the two men is perhaps shown to best effect in "The Little Man From Archangel." Jonas Milk, an immigrant from Russia, is married to a woman who cheats on him, and who one day vanishes. Unable, or simply unwilling, to admit the truth to various townsfolk, Milk constructs a lie that eventually spirals out of control, and ends in appalling consequences. And yet, much like Camus' anti-hero in "The Outsider" - Milk has the ability to change the outcome of things, but simply refuses to play the game.

Simenon again demonstrates a clarity of thought and succinct storytelling, although in places the translation does seem a little clunky. That said, the story holds up well considering its age, and he has a real ability to sketch the doings of everyday life and make them feel significant and meaningful like few writers these days.

Ignored by academics, perhaps on account of the sheer volume of his work, Simenon disproves the notion that quantity comes at the expense of quality. "The Little Man From Archangel" still contains insights into how society operates that are relevant today. Penguin need to re-print more of the man's work, and a major re-assessment of Simenon is surely long overdue. Recommended.
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This is a charming little, well written book. .. But for any philosophy student it is brilliant, it tells the story of a man who tells a well meaning lie and then must decided to tell the truth and save himself or accept the consquences of his lie. Anyone who has read samuel beckett, Albert CamusThe Outsider (Penguin Modern Classics) or has a basic understanding of existential philosphy will understand this book on a whole other level. genius!
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