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An LSE Literary Festival Discussion

Date: Saturday 27 February 2016
Time: 1-2.30pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Professor John Gray, Ros Schwartz, John Simenon
Chair: Martin Conway


Georges Simenon is one of the 20th century’s most prolific authors. His prestigious output included 75 novels starring his most famous creation, Inspector Maigret, and his novels define post-WW1 France with themes that still resonate today.

Professor John Gray is the author of a number of highly regarded books including False Dawn, Straw Dogs, The Silence of the Animals and The Soul of the Marionette.

Ros Schwartz (@RosSchwartz) has been a translator from French since 1981, translating over 70 titles, including a number of Penguin Classics’ new translations of Simenon.

John Simenon (@johnsimenon) is Georges’ son and manages his father’s literary estate.

Martin Conway is a Fellow and Tutor in History at Balliol College, University of Oxford.

This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2016, taking place from Monday 22 – Saturday 27 February 2016, with the theme ‘Utopias’.

All events in the Festival are free to attend and open to all. Book your E-tickets now via LSE online store!


‘I love reading Simenon. He makes me think of Chekhov’

William Faulkner

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