Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bantam A1875, January 1959

Title : No Vacation for Maigret
[Translated from the French, Les Vacances de Maigret, by Geoffrey Sainsury]
Author: Georges Simenon
Cover art : uncredited
style ***
substance **
collectibility ***

Simenon being one of the most prolific of authors, it’s embarrassing to admit that I've never read any of the Maigret novels, only having seen a couple of movies and a few episodes of the TV series. Be that as it may, it’s been my, perhaps erroneous, impression that Simenon and Maigret have been rather poorly served by vintage paperback art. Happily, Bantam A1875 is an exception. The design manages to be both restrained and sensationalistic at the same time, rendering the title character in exquisite detail which brings out both his frumpiness as well as intellect and determination. An especially nice touch is the Paris street scene which depicts the dead woman in red dress and gawking onlookers. Alas, no cover artist is credited. For a time Bantam listed the cover artist on the inside first page with a little annotation, but not here.

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