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Pascal Garnier (1949–2010)

Author of How's the Pain?

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About the Author

Includes the name: Garnier Pascal

Works by Pascal Garnier

How's the Pain? (2006) 99 copies
The Panda Theory (2008) 90 copies
The Front Seat Passenger (2010) 65 copies
Moon in a Dead Eye (2009) 62 copies
The A26 (1999) 57 copies
The Islanders (2014) 40 copies
Boxes (2012) 36 copies
Dico Dingo (1999) 32 copies
Too Close to the Edge (2010) 28 copies
A Long Way Off (2019) 28 copies
Les Hauts du Bas (2003) 26 copies
The Eskimo Solution (2006) 26 copies
La Cabine Telephonique (1992) 11 copies
Gallic Noir: Volume 1 (2018) 10 copies
Le Grand Loin (2010) 9 copies
French Feast: A Traveler's Literary Companion (2011) — Contributor — 7 copies
Flux (2005) 4 copies
Mama voll im Trend (2001) 4 copies
Les insulaires (1998) 3 copies
Chambre 12 : roman (2000) 3 copies
Laissez-nous nos Bonnot ! (2003) 3 copies
Case départ (2008) 2 copies
Lili Bouche d'enfer (1998) 2 copies
Derrière l'écran (2007) 2 copies
M'sieur Victor (2009) 2 copies
Gallic Noir: Volume 2 (2018) 2 copies
La Bleuïte aiguë (1998) 2 copies
Demain, on lève l'ancre (2002) 2 copies
Teorija o pandi (2014) 1 copy
L'Année sabbatique (1986) 1 copy
The noirs. Vol. 2 (2018) 1 copy
Une fois trois (2000) 1 copy
VOLEURS DE PARENTS (1988) 1 copy
Le torchon brule (1991) 1 copy
À rebrousse-temps (2000) 1 copy

Associated Works

Double Date (2001) — Cover artist, some editions — 22 copies


Common Knowledge

Date of death
Paris, France
Place of death
Cornas, Ardéche, France
mystery writer



This is the sixth of Garnier's short books I have read in a short time. They are addictive. You know things are going to get quite dark after an initial setup, you just don't know how. This is perhaps the most nihilistic one yet. It's almost possible to pity the lead characters, a man returning to Versailles for the funeral of his mother, a woman he meets (and used to know quite well), and her blind brother. But they're really all so horrible in their own ways, that it's more like watching a train wreck. Except it's a train wreck full of really nasty people, so it's kind of fun. As a more positive note, this book may put you off drinking for a while. Remains to be proven in my case, however. Unfortunately, Garnier, like Jean-Patrick Manchette, is no longer with us. But as I work my way through their body of work--almost all consisting of short novels, or novellas really, I'm gaining quite an appreciation for French noir.… (more)
datrappert | 4 other reviews | Mar 24, 2024 |
A man whose wife died in a car accident becomes obsessed with the widow of her wife's lover--who was driving the car they died in. In a Garnier story, normal logic doesn't necessarily apply, but one things leads to another, and...you'll have to read it to find out. Men don't come out so well in most Garnier stories. Women doesn't necessarily come out well either, but they seem to get more sympathy from him. It's a strange but all too real universe depicted here.
datrappert | 2 other reviews | Mar 23, 2024 |
Not my favorite (yet) of Garnier's books, but still a unique take on two couples and a single woman who find themselves living in a retirement community. A mixture of the mundane and outrageous, but somehow it all seems so plausible as things spiral out of control. Garnier takes the quirks of human nature and lets them get just a little bit out of control, and look what happens! Bleakly funny. Recommended.
datrappert | 7 other reviews | Mar 23, 2024 |
Collection of three of Garnier's short novels, all impressive.

The A26: I started reading Garnier after devouring a couple of books by Jean-Patrick Manchette. Garnier is even darker. This story presents violent death as just another part of a dreary succession of days we struggle through with little motivation or satisfaction. At least that's about the best I can sum it up. But the writing is so good, and the humor and satire so sly, that it is quite engrossing. Not quite like watching a car wreck, but also the sort of pleasure you don't think you should be having. It is well-written, doesn't drag on, and as dark as it gets, which is appropriate for the dark times we're living in. The French settings and the little details about French life are also quite interesting.

How's the Pain?: This story about an aging and very sick killer's final days is neatly plotted and darkly funny in so many ways as the killer engages the services of a man with three fingers on one hand to act as his driver while he finishes his last job. The series of incidents that ensue are definitely something out of a farce. This book has violent death, a peculiar mother (as did Garnier's The A26), romance, and trips to the beach. It's about as weird a combination as you can get, but Garnier pulls it all off and makes it almost believable. The three-fingered man's choices even seem to make sense given the situation he is living in. A wonderful story--highly recommended.

The Panda Theory: Strange and compelling story of a man who, apparently by chance, stops in a small town and becomes involved in the lives of several people, including a restaurant owner with a sick wife, a down-and-out couple looking to cash in, and a hotel clerk who is attracted to him. Interspersed with the present day narrative, we have glimpses of the man's prior life with his wife and daughter, who we know have died, but not how. The ending here may not sit well with a lot of readers. My own feelings are ambivalent, but the writing from start to finish is superb, and Garnier opens up the lives of his characters in very revealing and believable ways. Recommended.
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datrappert | 1 other review | Mar 3, 2024 |


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