Literature: Maigret à l’heure

ITV’s Maigret in Montmartre arrives ahead of the Penguin reissue – or does it?! 

Just as we’re rushing to catch up with the Maigret Stories chronologically, ITV throws out a challenge. In April the channel broadcast the latest of its excellent adaptations featuring Rowan Atkinson as a compelling Maigret – Night at the Crossroads, the sixth book in the series authored by Simenon, and recently issued in a new translation by Penguin Books. But for the next episode, ITV has chosen to leap Maigret in Montmartre, 63rd in the series according to – – published in 1951 as Maigret au “Picratt’s”, and subsequently in English as Maigret and the Strangled Stripper.  

Penguin’s series recently published a new translation – as Maigret at Picratt’s. Which gives me the pleasent choice of new edition and/or a range of green Penguins to re-read ahead of broadcast later this year. 

(In the end, and uncharacteristicly, I chose the first, pre-Marber grid, edition)


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