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Krull House The, Simenon,  Georges
Krull House The
Georges Simenon

Paperback $24.99 - Penguin UK
Fiction - Published: 15/Jun/2018 - ISBN: 9780241320693

It's not because you're foreigners. It's because you aren't foreign enough . . . or else that you are too foreign.

Just as the Krull house sits on the edge of a rural French town, the family occupies a marginal place in the life of the community around them. Snubbed by the locals despite having lived there for decades, they rely on trade with passing sailors to earn a living. When their relative arrives unannounced from Germany, with his unsettling, nonchalant ways, the family becomes the target of increasing suspicion and the scapegoat for a terrible crime.

Written on the eve of the Second World War, The Krull House is a taut, strangely prophetic novel about how distrust and hostility towards outsiders descends into hate-filled violence. Georges Simenon was born in Lioge, 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. A haunting new translation of Simenon's disturbing pre-war tale of alienation and distrust.

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