On 11 April 2008, Tilman Spreckelsen, editor of the ›Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung‹, embarked on a self-experiment: A Maigret Marathon has taken place at www.faz.net every Friday ever since. Spreckelsen reads one Maigret novel every week and in a blog reports on every stage, enriching his post with exciting rubrics such as »The plot in one sentence«, information on the setting, a list of alcoholic beverages consumed, new insights into Maigret and Madame Maigret, and one favourite sentence.
»What tempts me? For one thing, these monumental dimensions, this cosmos of 75 novels, divided into bite-sized volumes of a manageable 140 to 200 pages. An author who is around for so long and who finds his audience for so long must have something going for him. Secondly, I want to find out whether the sentence in which I firmly believe will still be valid a few weeks into the experiment – the sentence: After all, I can stop at any time.«Tilman Spreckelsen