The Man Who Watched the Trains Go By

Author(s): Georges Simenon

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A brilliant new translation of one of Simenon's best loved masterpieces. 'A certain furtive, almost shameful emotion ...disturbed him whenever he saw a train go by, a night train especially, its blinds drawn down on the mystery of its passengers' Kees Popinga is a respectable Dutch citizen and family man. Then he discovers that his boss has bankrupted the shipping firm he works for - and something snaps. Kees used to watch the trains go by to exciting destinations. Now, on some dark impulse, he boards one at random, and begins a new life of recklessness and violence. This chilling portrayal of a man who breaks from society and goes on the run asks who we are, and what we are capable of. 'Classic Simenon ...extraordinary in its evocative power' Independent 'What emerges is the bare human animal' John Gray 'Read him at your peril, avoid him at your loss' Sunday Times

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Georges Simenon was born in Liege, Belgium, in 1903. He is best know in Britain as the author of the Maigret novels and his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had lived for the latter part of his life.

General Fields

  • : 9780241258552
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Penguin Classics
  • : November 2016
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : December 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 256
  • : Georges Simenon
  • : Georges Simenon
  • : Paperback
  • : Paperback
  • : 256