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FEUX ROUGES (French) Paperback – Jan 20 2006

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  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: LIVRE DE POCHE (LGF) (Jan. 20 2006)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2253143162
  • ISBN-13: 978-2253143161
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 1.5 x 17.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 118 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,654,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Georges Simenon, écrivain belge de langue française, est né à Liège en 1903. À seize ans, il devient journaliste à La Gazette de Liège. Son premier roman, signé sous le pseudonyme de Georges Sim, paraît en 1921 : Au pont des Arches, petite histoire liégeoise. En 1922, il s’installe à Paris et écrit des contes et des romans-feuilletons dans tous les genres. Près de deux cents romans parus entre 1923 et 1933, un bon millier de contes, et de très nombreux articles… En 1929, Simenon rédige son premier Maigret : Pietr le Letton. Lancé par les éditions Fayard en 1931, le commissaire Maigret devient vite un personnage très populaire. Simenon écrira en tout soixante-douze aventures de Maigret (ainsi que plusieurs recueils de nouvelles). Peu de temps après, Simenon commence à écrire ce qu’il appellera ses « romans-romans » ou ses « romans durs » : plus de cent dix titres, du Relais d’Alsace (1931) aux Innocents (1972). Parallèlement à cette activité littéraire foisonnante, il voyage beaucoup. À partir de 1972, il décide de cesser d’écrire. Il se consacre alors à ses vingt-deux Dictées, puis rédige ses gigantesques Mémoires intimes (1981). Simenon s’est éteint à Lausanne en 1989. Beaucoup de ses romans ont été adaptés au cinéma et à la télévision.

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Go see the movie this book is based on Oct. 25 2004
By Andy Orrock - Published on
Format: Paperback
French Director Cédric Kahn turned Georges Simenon's thrilling 2003 novel into 2004's "Red Lights," now showing at selected theaters nationwide. Both book and movie build suspense to a slow boil as protagonist Antoine drinks, drives, drinks...and drnks some more. As he does, resentment towards his more-successful wife Hélène builds and uncorks with bile.

The movie's casting is what makes the adaptation of Simenon's work so successful - Jean-Pierre Darroussin (Antoine) is not exactly movie-star handsome and we've got no problem envisioning him as the office drone. Carole Bouquet as Hélène is a different issue altogether - one of France's leading stage beauties, it's no wonder her character has met with more success.

After building suspensefully, I thought book and movie ended up on a bit of unlikely happenstance - three characters drawn together through two events. There are astronomical odds of these two things happening - coming out of the movie everyone was buzzing about the unlikeliness of this, which is too bad because that contrived turn of events was preceded by some wonderful movie-making and, in the case of Simenon's novel, some excellent writing.

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