The Mahé Circle

Publisher: Penguin Books
The first English publication of Georges Simenon's compelling novel about summer escape and elusive obsessions.

'The island itself. Its throbbing heat as if in a belljar under the sun, the scorpion in his son's bed, the deafening sound of cicadas' During his first holiday on the island of Porquerolles Dr Mahé caught a glimpse of something irresistible. As the memory continues to haunt him, he falls prey to a delusion that may offer an escape from his conventional existence - or may destroy him.

This is the first English translation of The Mahé Circle, Simenon's dark, malevolent depiction of an ordinary man trapped in mundanity and consumed by obsession.

'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.' - The Guardian

'A supreme writer . . . unforgettable vividness.' - The Independent

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Georges Simenon

 

THE MAHÉ CIRCLE

Translated by Siân ReynoldsPENGUIN BOOKS

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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' — André 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

A dark, deep journey into the human soul. It convinces all the way." — Malcolm Forbes