Nestor Burma

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Nestor Burma is a detective invented by the French writer Léo Malet , who lives on Rue de Mogador, Paris .

Fictional biography

The hero of the novel Nestor Burma came to the capital from Montpellier in 1927 and initially worked in anarchist circles. He later opened the Fiat Lux detective agency , which at the time of the novels had three employees: the secretary Hélène Chatelain, who was hopelessly in love with Nestor Burma, and two sales representatives, Roger Zavatter and Louis Réboul.

Like many novel detectives, Nestor Burma is in constant competition with the police, especially with Commissioner Florimond Faroux. Nestor Burma's reputation with the police is good, however, and he occasionally carries out covert jobs for the state. In case of doubt, Nestor Burma acts alone and he solves his cases mainly through intuition and his contacts, which extend all over Paris. He is in the tradition of American detectives such as Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe , but has a lot more humor and his appearance - tailored suits and eccentric pipe - has its own touch.

The first novels were written in the early 1940s - still independent of location - against the backdrop of the war and the German occupation . It was only between 1954 and 1959 that most of the novels in the famous series The New Secrets of Paris were written with the idea of ​​having each episode set in a different Parisian arrondissement . The translations published by Elster-Verlag contain a so-called follow-up that was incorporated into the paperbacks that were subsequently published by the rororo- Verlag . The detailed appendices written by Peter Stephan lead the reader through the arrondissement dealt with in the novel, albeit 30 years later in the greatly changed Paris of the 1980s.

Novels of the Nestor Burma series

  • 1943 - One Hundred Twenty, Rue de la Gare ( Cent vingt, rue de la Gare )
  • 1945 - Nestor Burma in a tight spot ( Nestor Burma contre CQFD )
  • 1945 - flowers, coke and blue blood ( L'homme au sang bleu )
  • 1946 - Solution au cimetière
  • 1946 - Deadly Chocolates ( Nestor Burma et le monstre )
  • 1947 - The fifth procedure ( Le cinquième procédé )
  • 1948 - Coliques de plomb
  • 1949 - Applause for a corpse ( Gros plan du macchabée )
  • 1949 - A dead person has no bank account ( Le paletots sans someches )
  • 1955 - Faux frère

The New Secrets of Paris ( Les Nouveaux Mystères de Paris )

  • 1962 - Red light murder ( Nestor Burma en direct )
  • 1967 - When the dead have black feet ( Nestor Burma revient au Bercail )
  • 1968 - In the shadow of Montmartre ( Drôle d'épreuve pour Nestor Burma )
  • 1969 - The scented breath of death ( Un croque-mort nommé Nestor )
  • 1970 - Dead people speak short sentences ( Nestor Burma dans l'île )
  • 1971 - Bloodbath in Boulogne ( Nestor Burma court la poupée )
  • 1974 - Les neiges de Montmartre
  • 1981 - La femme sans enfant
  • 1981 - Le deuil en rouge
  • 1982 - Une aventure inédite de Nestor Burma
  • 1983 - Poste restante

Film adaptations

  • 1946 - 120, rue de la Gare
  • 1977 La Nuit de Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Director: Bob Swaim , with Michel Galabru in the lead role
  • 1982 - Die Spürnase ( Nestor Burma, detective de choc ) - Director: Jean-Luc Miesch
  • 1991 - Nestor Burma's Adventure in Paris: Silence is Gold ( Pas de bavards à la muette ) - Director: Henri Helman
  • 1992 - Nestor Burma's adventure in Paris: Once is never ( Le soleil naît derrière le Louvre ) - Director: Joyce Buñuel
  • 1991 to 2003 - Nestor Burma's adventures in Paris , 39 episode TV series with Guy Marchand

Adaptations as a graphic novel

  • Brouillard au pont de Tolbiac (Casterman, 1982); German: “The Bridge in the Fog” (Carlsen, 1984), drawn by Jacques Tardi
  • 120, rue de la Gare (Casterman, 1988); German: "120, rue de la Gare" (Ed. Moderne, 1988), drawn by Jacques Tardi. A mixed form (completely German text, two identical Tardi pictures on each double page, a total of 63 different ones adapted from the comic and a portrait of Malet by Debbîche from 1946) was published by Elster-Verlag in 1996 , ISBN 3891512333
  • Une gueule de bois en plomb (Casterman, 1990); German: "Lead in the bones" (Ed. Moderne, 1989), drawn by Jacques Tardi
  • Casse-pipe à la Nation (Casterman, 1996); German: “No ticket for death” (Ed. Moderne, 1997), drawn by Jacques Tardi
  • M'as-tu vu en cadavre? (Casterman, 2000); German: “How does death stand on me?” (Ed. Moderne, 2000), drawn by Jacques Tardi, ISBN 978-3-907055-52-6
  • La nuit de Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Casterman, 2010); German The long night of Saint Germain des Prés (Schreiber & Reader, 2010), drawn by Emmanuel Moynot , ISBN 978-3-941239-39-5
  • Le soleil naît derrière le Louvre (Casterman, 2010); German pictures don't bleed (Schreiber & Leser, 2010), drawn by Emmanuel Moynot, ISBN 978-3-941239-54-8
  • L'envahissant cadavre de la plaine Monceau (Casterman, 2009); dt. Whoever lies in the cemetery ... (Schreiber & Leser, 2012), drawn by Emmanuel Moynot, ISBN 978-3-941239-80-7
  • Boulevard ... ossements (Casterman, 2013); German stress around suspenders (Schreiber & Leser, 2014), drawn by Nicolas Barral , ISBN 978-3-943808-36-0

Audio books

  • Several crime novels are available as audiobooks for the visually impaired in the Daisy series or are loaned out by special libraries.

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