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Celita is a stripper at the Monico, a nightclub in Cannes, as well as the long-standing mistress of Monsieur Leon, the nightclub's owner. She enjoyed her struggle to win him away from his wife, Madame Florence, but when a new stripper named Maud becomes a star overnight, Celita at once realises that her hold over Leon is threatened. In this artistically-told story from the master of the genre, nothing can prepare us for its violent and startlingly tragic end.
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Text: English, French (translation)From Library Journal:
This is not another of Inspector Maigret's adventures. Rather, it belongs to the second type of Simenon's fiction: the detailed description (almost cruel in its accuracy) of the world of the very poor, imprisoned in their poverty and existing day by day while trying to escape from their frustrating, dead-end existence. The backdrop is a striptease joint in Cannes called the Monico, and the main focus is on Celita, one of the regular "girls" of the nightly show, who schemes to steal owner Monsieur Leon from his ailing, middle-aged wife. This is not a joyful story, and its ending may leave some readers quite depressed. Still, the translation has captured the heavy, emotionally charged atmosphere, and the book raises interesting questions about human survival in economically and socially adverse conditions. For a Maigret book, see Briefly Noted, p. 168.
- Ed. -- Danielle Mihram, NYU Lib.
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Book Description Harcourt, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110151859108
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