How's the Pain?
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'One of the most remarkable and, in the English-speaking world at least, one of the most inexplicably underappreciated French writers of the twentieth century' John Banville


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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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 127 x 178mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1910477923
  • 9781910477922

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Praise for Pascal Garnier


'Horribly funny ... appalling and bracing in equal measure' John Banville


'Wonderful ... properly noir' Ian Rankin


'Garnier plunges you into a bizarre, overheated world, seething death, writing, fictions and philosophy. He's a trippy, sleazy, sly and classy read' A. L. Kennedy


'Ennui, dislocation, alienation, estrangement - these are the colours on Garnier's palette. His books are out there on their own: short, jagged and exhilarating' Stanley Donwood


'Garnier's take on the frailty of life has a bracing originality' Sunday Times


'Deliciously dark ... painfully funny' New York Times


'Small but perfectly formed darkest noir fiction told in spare, mordant prose ... Recounted with disconcerting matter-of-factness, Garnier's work is surreal and horrific in equal measure' The Guardian


'A brilliant exercise in grim and gripping irony, it makes you grin as well as wince' Sunday Telegraph


'A mixture of Albert Camus and JG Ballard' FT


'Bleak, often funny and never predictable' The Observer


'A master of the surreal noir thriller - Luis Bunuel meets Georges Simenon' TLS


'Superb' The Spectator


'Echoes of Raymond Chandler, T.S. Eliot and the Marx Brothers' Wall Street Journal


'Brief, brisk, ruthlessly entertaining . . . Garnier makes bleakness pleasurable' NPR
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About Pascal Garnier

Pascal Garnier: 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. Garnier died in March 2010.
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