The Cat (novel)

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The Cat
First edition
Author Georges Simenon
Original title Le Chat
Country France
Language French
Genre Psychological fiction
Black comedy
Publisher Presses de la Cité
Publication date

The Cat (French: Le Chat) is a novel by the Belgian writer Georges Simenon, released in 1967.


The novel was written, usually for Simenon, within a short period of two weeks between September and October 1966.[1] It was published in France in 1967 by Presses de la Cité, after Simenon had already released around 200 other books. The work bears elements of psychological fiction[2] and black comedy.[3][4] It tells a story of an elderly married couple in their early 70s, who have been loathing each other for years for killing each other's pets. They have not been talking, their only form of communication being occasional notes on scraps of paper.[5] However, they are soon to understand that they cannot live without each other. The storyline of The Cat is speculated to have originated from the author's difficult relationship with his mother.[1]

The Cat met with positive reception, receiving a favorable review from Richard Boston of The New York Times.[6] The English version was released by Hamish Hamilton, translated by Bernard Frechtman.[7] Pierre Granier-Deferre adapted the story into a film, which premiered in 1971 in France as Le Chat, and starred Jean Gabin and Simone Signoret.


  1. ^ a b "Encres Vagabondes". (in French). Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  2. ^ "Le chat - Georges Simenon - 1967". (in French). Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  3. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama, The Other Simenon, The Cat". Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  4. ^ "Le chat - Georges Simenon". (in French). Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  5. ^ "The Cat by Georges Simenon". Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  6. ^ Richard Boston. "The Other Side of Love". Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  7. ^ "The Cat by Georges Simenon - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Retrieved 2012-11-07.