Tropic Moon

By Georges Simenon; Marc Romano (Translator); Norman Rush (Introduction by)
(New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590171110, 133pp.)

Publication Date: September 2005

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Description
Newly translated for this edition.
A young Frenchman, Joseph Timar, travels to Gabon carrying a letter of introduction from an influential uncle. He wants work experience; he wants to see the world. But in the oppressive heat and glare of the equator, Timar doesn't know what to do with himself, and no one seems inclined to help except Adele, the hotel owner's wife, who takes him to bed one day and rebuffs him the next, leaving him sick with desire. But then, in the course of a single night, Adele's husband dies and a black servant is shot, and Timar is sure that Adele is involved. He'll cover for the crime if she'll do what he wants. The fix is in. But Timar can't even begin to imagine how deep.
In "Tropic Moon," Simenon, the master of the psychological novel, offers an incomparable picture of degeneracy and corruption in a colonial outpost.



About the Author
Georges Simenon (1903 1989) began work as a reporter for a local newspaper at the age of sixteen, and at nineteen he moved to Paris to embark on a career as a novelist. He went on to write seventy-five Maigret novels and twenty-eight Maigret short stories.

MARC ROMANO is a Yale graduate and a former staffer at the "New York Review of Books," His work has been published in the" Village Voice" and the" Boston Globe," He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he averages four to ten minutes on the "New York Times "daily puzzle (sixteen on Sunday).

Norman Rush was raised in Oakland, California, and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1956. He has been an antiquarian book dealer and a college instructor, and, with his wife, Elsa, he lived and worked in Africa from 1978 to 1983.
His stories, essays and reviews have been published in the "New Yorker, the "New York Times Book Review, "The New York Review of Books, "The Nation, and other periodicals. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including an NEA grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship.
Whites, a collection of stories, was published in 1986 and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and his first novel, Mating, was published in 1991 and was the recipient of the National Book Award. Mortals is his second novel.
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