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The Truth About Bebe Donge
     

The Truth About Bebe Donge

by Georges Simenon
 

The story of a woman who rebels against the emptiness of her marriage. Translated by Louise Varese. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book.

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The story of a woman who rebels against the emptiness of her marriage. Translated by Louise Varese. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First published in France in 1942 and anthologized in the U.S. in 1953, this novella appears here for the first time in book form, with the author's spare prose receiving an elegant translation. When wealthy merchant Francois Donge is poisoned with arsenic, police arrest his wife, Bebe. Throughout the ensuing investigation and trial, she keeps her composure and her own counsel while the other characters offer a Rashomon -like diversity of views about her. There are intimations of drug use and sexual ambiguity; Francois is revealed as a self-absorbed creep who treated his wife like a piece of furniture, engaged in repeated infidelities and neglected their child. Had the abused spouse reached the end of her tether? Did she fear that Francois's latest mistress would lure him away, depriving her of the marriage's only benefits--wealth and position? In the end, the only answer not provided is the one promised by the title: there is no ultimate truth about Bebe Donge. Vintage Simenon, tres gallique, a perfect treat of a summer read. ( June )

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780151913190
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
06/01/1992
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

Georges Simenon (1903-1989) was born in Liège, Belgium. As a young man he worked as a baker, journalist, and bookseller and published his first novel at seventeen. He went on to write more than two hundred novels, becoming one of the world's most prolific and bestselling authors. His books have sold more than 500 million copies and have been translated into fifty languages.

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