The Cellars of the Majestic (Maigret #21)

Author(s): Georges Simenon

Adult Fiction

The dark side of glamorous expat life in Paris is brought to life in this new translation, book twenty-one in the new Penguin Maigret series. 'Try to imagine a guest, a wealthy woman, staying at the Majestic with her husband, her son, a nurse and a governess ...In a suite that costs more than a thousand francs a day ...At six in the morning, she's strangled, not in her room, but in the basement locker room' Below stairs at a glamorous hotel on the Champs-Elysees, the workers' lives are worlds away from the luxury enjoyed by the wealthy guests. When their worlds meet, Maigret discovers a tragic story of ambition, blackmail and unrequited love. Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations. This novel has been published in a previous translation as Maigret and the Hotel Majestic. 'Compelling, remorseless, brilliant' John Gray 'One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century ...Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories' Guardian 'A supreme writer ...unforgettable vividness' Independent Georges Simenon was born in Liege, Belgium, in 1903. Best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret books, 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.

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One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories. "The Guardian" I love reading Simenon. He makes me think of Chekhov. William Faulkner The greatest of all, the most genuine novelist we have had in literature. Andre Gide A supreme writer . . . unforgettable vividness. "The Independent" Superb . . . The most addictive of writers . . . A unique teller of tales. "The Observer" Compelling, remorseless, brilliant. John Gray A truly wonderful writer . . . marvellously readable lucid, simple, absolutely in tune with the workd he creates. Muriel Spark A novelist who entered his fictional world as it he were a part of it. Peter Ackroyd Extraordinary masterpieces of the twentieth century. John Banville"

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

  • : 9780241188446
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Penguin Classics
  • : 0.134
  • : July 2015
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 10mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : August 2015
  • : books

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  • : Georges Simenon
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 843.912
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