32(1) - 2020

Les traductions hongroises de Maigret

Sándor Kálai

Simenon in Hungary

Recounting the history of the reception (or simply the history of the translation) of Simenon’s work in Hungary would be a huge undertaking, because of its larger cultural and social implications. In this article, we have therefore limited ourselves to the study of Simenon’s crime fiction (the Maigret series) using a systemic approach: instead of focusing only on the texts themselves, we privilege the study of the editorial system. We can distinguish different periods in the translation process of Simenon’s crime novel series from the early 1960s onwards, although some novels still remain unpublished. The translation of the novels reflects how the work of the translator progressively became professionalized, although there was not (and still is not) a particular translator dedicated to Simenon’s oeuvre in Hungary. Before the change in regime, less attention was paid to the book’s paratexts, while in the capitalist book market of the new system, editorial paratexts became more complex in order to capture the reader’s attention.

Crime fiction, systemic approach, editorial strategies, translators, paratexts

DOI 10.17462/para.2020.01.08

April 24, 2020
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