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Discovering Georges Simenon

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simenonMaybe because I’m one-quarter Belgian, or so my parents claim, I tend to go out of my way to discover famous Belgians. I’m half-kidding about that but I do admit there was a brief, embarrassing period when I claimed to have Belgian Gypsy blood just like that famous jazz guitar player Django Reinhardt who was in fact a real Belgian Gypsy.  But as far as famous Belgian writers go, I haven’t read many, at least not until earlier this year when I discovered the amazing novelist Georges Simenon. 

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Brief Thoughts on Alvaro Mutis’s “The Tramp Steamer’s Last Port Of Call”

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There is a line of James Wright I have always loved: “Where is the sea, that once solved the whole loneliness of the Midwest?”

Re-reading one of the great modern sea stories, “The Tramp Steamer’s Last Port of Call,” by the Colombian writer Alvaro Mutis, I thought of this line of Wright’s.

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