How’s the Pain? [Editions Gallic]

How's the Pain? [Editions Gallic]

by Pascal Garnier

Translated by Emily Boyce

Introduction by John Banville

Published by: Gallic Books

176 Pages, 5.00 x 7.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781910477922
  • Published: December 2020


‘How’s the Pain? is way off kilter, blackly comic and quintessentially Gallic.’ Crime Time 

‘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.