Georges Simenon – In Case of Emergency


Him, her and the other

The setting is the typical middle-class one, as in many other works by the author; he is a famous lawyer, she is a young prostitute, and the other is his sophisticated and wealthy wife. The male protagonist is the narrator of the story, harshly portrayed: his impulses of an ageing lover are displayed, along with his cowardice, before his wife. In the background stand the two women: the scatterbrained Yvette we are told very little about because there is little to tell – and the haughty Viviane, an enigmatic female figure who would have deserved a deeper insight. Although this is not one of his best books, even here Simenon gives the reader a deep sampling into humanity.

Translation by Silvia Accorrà (edited by Sara Di Girolamo)