French writer Georges Simenon, in conversation with The Paris Review in 1955:
...when a novel is finished I have always the impression that I have not succeeded. I am not discouraged, but I see—I want to try again. But one thing—I consider my novels about all on the same level, yet there are steps. After a group of five or six novels I have a kind of—I don’t like the word “progress”—but there seems to be a progress. There is a jump in quality, I think. So every five or six novels there is one I prefer to the others.
Simenon wrote nearly 200 novels during his lifetime.
Our review of Simenon's The Train should be hitting the site in the next few days...