How's the Pain?

How's the Pain?


By (author) Pascal Garnier, Translated by Gallic Books, Translated by Emily Boyce


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  • Publisher: Gallic Books
  • Format: Paperback | 163 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 16mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 13 May 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 190831303X
  • ISBN 13: 9781908313034
  • Sales rank: 183,313

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Death is Simon's business. And now the ageing vermin exterminator is preparing to die. But he still has one last job down on the coast, and he needs a driver. Bernard is twenty-one. He can drive and he's never seen the sea. He can't pass up the chance to chauffeur for Simon, whatever his mother may say. As the unlikely pair set off on their journey, Bernard soon finds that Simon's definition of vermin is broader than he'd expected...Veering from the hilarious to the horrific, this offbeat story from master stylist, Pascal Garnier, is at heart an affecting study of human frailty.

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Author information

Pascal Garnier is a leading figure in contemporary French literature, in the tradition of Georges Simenon. He lived in a small village in the Ardeche devoting himself to writing and painting. Pascal Garnier died in March 2010.

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'A perfectly balanced cross between a thriller and a social document.' L'Express 'Writing that is limpid, precise, even poetic.' Le Figaro 'A novel run through with humanity.' Livres Hebdo