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M56-Maigret in Society von Georges Simenon
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M56-Maigret in Society (1960)

von Georges Simenon

Reihen: Maigret (56)

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"One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories." -The Guardian When a wealthy aristocrat is found murdered in his home, Inspector Maigret must navigate a high-stakes case in the moneyed world of Paris's upper crust Maigret is called to the home of Armand de Saint-Hilaire, a highly respected diplomat who has been found?by his housekeeper, shot dead in his study. Maigret is urged to be discrete in his investigation, but after interviewing everyone concerned, the inspector is at a loss to the identity of the perpetrator-until he comes across a series of letters spanning decades between the victim and a widowed woman. As Maigret uncovers the details behind the pair's relationship, he gets closer to discovering the tragic truth behind the official's demise. With the pressure mounting, the inspector must navigate class divides and his own position in society to uncover the killer. Maigret and the Old People is an absorbing mystery and a thoughtful examination of the different worlds money creates.… (mehr)
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Maigret und die alten Leute. Roman von Georges Simenon (1960)

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Summary: Maigret investigates the shooting death of a retired diplomat, struggling to figure out who among all the old people in his circle would have the motive and opportunity to kill him.

Maigret is called upon to investigate the murder of a distinguished retired diplomat, Armand de Saint-Hilaire. His dedicated housekeeper of fifty years, Mademoiselle Larrieu found him dead from a gunshot wound to the head and three to the body. She was the only one locked into the house with him, she in a bedroom at the opposite end of the flat.

The circle of possible suspects seems small. There is the devoted housekeeper. A nephew who will inherit the home, an antiques dealer, relatively unsuccessful and unpleasant, who Hillaire had helped from time to time with no unpleasantries. And then Maigret discovered the letters–bundled stacks of letters all from one person–Princess Isabelle of V–.

Hillaire and Isabelle, “Isi,” had loved each other for fifty years. He was below her station when he was young and so he married the Prince of V–. The love of Isi and Hillaire was never consummated. But the two exchanged letters for fifty years, every day. All those around them, including Isi’s husband and Mademoiselle Larrieu knew about the love. Yet not a hint of scandal. If Isi survived her husband, they planned after a suitable time of mourning, to marry. Days before Hillaire’s death, Prince of V– died following an accident. Who would not want to see them marry? Prince V’s inheritance would pass to his son. Housekeeper and nephew were both provided for in Hillaire’s will.

Maigret finds himself amid a circle of refined old people who seem resolved to withhold as much as they can. Maigret feels himself a youth in short pants even though he is an experienced investigator. That is until he realizes that he is closer in age to the old people than the boy. As he comes to new realizations about his season in life, he wrestles to see what he is missing that will explain the unmistakable truth of the death of Armand de Saint-Hilaire, a distinguished and gracious old man without enemies.

Reading Simenon is delightful. He spins an intriguing mystery with an economy of words, refusing to draw it out longer than needed. Just long enough for a satisfying read. ( )
  BobonBooks | Mar 3, 2021 |
Finished: 12/12/2020 ( )
  untraveller | Feb 16, 2021 |
Dans ce roman, l'intrigue tourne moins autour de la recherche du meurtrier que de la navigation dans un monde que Maigret ne connait pas. Il plane dans une atmosphère de faux-semblants comme si le Commissaire tâtonnait, ayant perdu ses repères habituels. Il y a un petit dénouement surprise comme le veut le genre, mais c'est surtout ce fuyant qui donne du charme au livre. Un peu désuet, il n'en reste pas moins une bonne lecture. ( )
  Cecilturtle | Nov 21, 2020 |
An excellent thriller where no one is a likely subject, where the victim does not seem to have enemies and everyone involved is of a high social class, still living in the glorious past. ( )
  John_Steenwinkel | May 22, 2019 |
Maigret e gli aristocratici di Georges Simenon

“Era un maggio eccezionale, come capita di vederne due o tre volte nella vita, con la luminosità, il sapore, l’odore dei ricordi d’infanzia.”

Sono i ricordi dell’infanzia che seguono Maigret in questo caso, con nostalgia, ma anche un certo disagio nel trovarsi di fronte a persone che non comprende fino in fondo, perché appartengono a un ambiente diverso da quello che di solito frequenta il suo commissariato. Nostalgia dell’infanzia, della tenuta dei Sant-Fiacre, di cui suo padre era l’amministratore. C’è un altro rovello che entra nella testa del commissario in questo caso ed è un articolo del Lancet, autorevole rivista medica in lingua inglese, in cui si dice che uno psichiatra accorto è in grado di capire gli uomini con una certa sicurezza, ma è possibile tuttavia che li capisca meno di un intelligente maestro di scuola elementare, di un romanziere, o persino di un poliziotto. E Maigret si chiede come mai il poliziotto venga dopo gli altri e se è proprio vero che può capire le persone meglio di uno psichiatra.
Il titolo originale del romanzo è Maigret et les vieillards e Adelphi lo traduce letteralmente mentre Mondadori sceglie questo. Ma in fondo sono un po’ la stessa cosa, perché gli aristocratici nella Parigi dopo la guerra sono tutti anziani, residuo di un mondo che è cambiato e che è diventato borghese, quella borghesia che Simenon ha inaugurato per la prima volta al centro del romanzo poliziesco, fino allora dominato dalla tradizione anglosassone, dove il delitto si compie nei castelli, nelle grandi dimore della nobilità. ( )
  CristinaGandolfi | Sep 25, 2017 |
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In the French original, Maigret et les vieillards (1960).

Variously published in English as:
(i) Maigret in Society (trans. Robert Eglesfield (1962), and
(ii) Maigret and the Old People (trans. Shaun Whiteside) (2018).
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"One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories." -The Guardian When a wealthy aristocrat is found murdered in his home, Inspector Maigret must navigate a high-stakes case in the moneyed world of Paris's upper crust Maigret is called to the home of Armand de Saint-Hilaire, a highly respected diplomat who has been found?by his housekeeper, shot dead in his study. Maigret is urged to be discrete in his investigation, but after interviewing everyone concerned, the inspector is at a loss to the identity of the perpetrator-until he comes across a series of letters spanning decades between the victim and a widowed woman. As Maigret uncovers the details behind the pair's relationship, he gets closer to discovering the tragic truth behind the official's demise. With the pressure mounting, the inspector must navigate class divides and his own position in society to uncover the killer. Maigret and the Old People is an absorbing mystery and a thoughtful examination of the different worlds money creates.

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