Comment va la douleur?

[BOOKS] ✮ Comment va la douleur? ✰ Pascal Garnier – Simon Marechall sta per morire Il male che lo corrode dall'interno gli lascia poco tempo da vivere e gli rende difficile portare a termine il suo ultimo lavoro uccidere un uomo Perché Simon è un kil Simon Marechall sta per morire Il male che lo corrode dall'interno gli lascia poco tempo da vivere e gli rende difficile portare a termine il suo ultimo lavoro uccidere un uomo Perché Simon è un killer e ora è stanco Comment va Epub / Solo e amareggiato in una cittadina che non conosce incontra Bernard un ragazzo ingenuo e innocente Non sa perché gli stia simpatico forse perché è tanto diverso da lui Simon chiede a Bernard se vuole guadagnare un po' di soldi un compito semplice deve essere il suo autista in uest'ultima operazione Inizia così il primo romanzo pubblicato in Italia di Pascal Garnier Un autore scomparso da poco che in Francia sta guadagnando un culto sempre maggiore grazie a una serie di romanzi che si avvicinano per stile e temi a uelli di George Simenon ed Emmanuel Bove Garnier affronta un classico tema noir – uello dell'incontro tra un vecchio killer e un giovane puro e ottimista – e ce lo restituisce con un gusto originale e moderno Come va il tuo dolore è solo il primo capitolo di una serie di romanzi che sono puro piacere da leggere.Comment va la douleur?

Pascal Garnier who died in March was a talented novelist short story writer children’s author and painter From his home in the mountains of the Ardèche he wrote fiction in a noir palette with a cast of characters drawn Comment va Epub / from ordinary provincial life Though his writing is often very dark in tone it sparkles with uirkily beautiful imagery and dry witted humour Garnier’s work has been l.

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  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • Comment va la douleur?
  • Pascal Garnier
  • Italian
  • 14 August 2016
  • 9788876382802

10 thoughts on “Comment va la douleur?

  1. says:

    How you doin'? one of our customary greeting But in some parts of Africa the uestion posed when meeting someone is How's the pain? How's the Pain? an appropriate title for this Pascal Garnier crime noir novel featuring sixty something Simon Marechall a hit man continually assailed by stomach pain How's the Pain? not only a crime thriller but also a work of existentialism written in much the same spirit as Albert Camus' The Stranger and about the same page length Pascal Garnier frames his tale thusly morose Simon Marechall books a hotel room in the small French town of Val les Bains Simon is on the cusp of retirement and needs a driver preferably young and upbeat to provide the needed emotional support for his three hour trip down to the coast town of Cap d'Agde so he can carry out his final job Simon finds his man whilst sitting on a park bench Twenty one year old Bernard Ferrand from nearby Bron happens to be in town paying a visit to his mother Although Bernard had the two small fingers of his left hand sliced off by a machine in the factory where he works he doesn't mind a bit after all he's right handed and the pain isn't that great Following a few exchanges Simon can see happy go luck down to earth simpleton Bernard will make the perfect driver Pascal Garnier is all about lacing his existential tales with generous helpings of black humor The team of hit man Simon and simpleton Bernard provides the author with ample opportunities matter of fact each exchange between these two gents contains than a cupful of the comic Ah Simon and Bernard think of sullen tough guy Sean Penn or the SpanishFrench actor Jean Reno teaming up with a smiling always willing to please Stan Laurel type To take one example picture Bernard's reaction when he discovers Simon isn't a common everyday exterminator like he said he was I have a pest control business Getting rid of rats mice insects cockroaches and so on but an honest to god hit man just like in the movies Bernard says I'd have rather you just got rid of rats Simon answers Rats people they're all the same They breed just as uickly Pascal Garnier also takes the time to makes a blistering study of other characters existential to the core of a young mother and her baby an older taxidermist on the lookout for a husband and most notably Bernard's mother a woman left on her own after Bernard's father took off when the baby was born Bernard's mom recounts her failures she failed as a hat maker too ornate; nobody actually bought one failed as a hippie shop owner her partner a hippie ran away with all the money failed as a dog groomer one of her machines turned a dachshund into a charred hot dog and failed as a fortuneteller her only three clients were killed in ghastly accidents within days of their reading As she says in her advanced age My past was a disaster; my present is a joke; thank god I have no future Lastly let me mention violence in this and other Pascal Garnier novels is never romanticized or gratuitous uite the contrary any killing is usually expressed in no than a sentence He aimed the gun and fired the man dropped on the spot This to say the French author's novels are technically crime fiction but they could just as easily be categorized and shelved as literary fiction or existential fiction I'm an enthusiastic new fan I plan to read and review all twelve of Pascal Garnier's short novels that have been translated into English Thank you Gallic Books Bernard takes time out to enjoy the simple pleasures of life out in nature He stood up and looked for a really flat pebble Skimming stones was another of his talents The pebble glanced across the surface of the water like a flying saucer bouncing six times before reaching the opposite bank It was a hot day He took his clothes off and lay in the current holding his injured hand up towards the sky like a periscope so as not to get the bandage wet He wasn't thinking about anything now It was just nice to dissolve into the waterFrench novelist Pascal Garnier 1949 1960

  2. says:

    Another 4 starrer for me So I’ve read ‘Moon in a Dead Eye’ 2009 tr 2013 and ‘The Panda Theory’ 2008 tr 2012 All three as issued by Gallic Books have been translated by Emily Boyce At the end of this book 2006 tr 2012 is an Afterward in which she gives a uasi review of Garnier’s style in relation to other works she sees similarities to It’s uite goodShe has this interesting comment near the end of her short Afterword• “With their stark violence and tendency towards the surreal his novels have echoes of Tarantino or the black comedy of the Coen brothers You don’t know whether to laugh or cry leading some to label his genre the ‘roman gris’ with touches of brightness lightening the grim outlook of ‘noir’” That’s a succinct and I think accurate way of describing Garnier’s writing at least based on the three novels of his I have read so far Oh I had to look up “gris” which is ‘grey’ in EnglishI've read 3 of Garnier's novels with at least eight to go Gallic Books belgraviabookscom has given a good deal to Garnier aficionados in that they have ten of his 11 novels in three sets for 1695 each John Banville has a great review of Garnier’s oeuvre in the April 9 2020 issue of the New York Review of Books to which I subscribe If you can gain access to the review but I think you have to be a subscriber to read all of it here is the link I would recommend holding off on reading it until after you read his oeuvre because Banville lets too many cats out of bag in his review I purposefully did not read certain sections because he gives away the goods of Garnier’s books I have yet to readI will uote this from Banville’s review because it explains why I have next to nothing to say about this book “One of the difficulties of writing about this master romancier is that it is impossible to give an account of his books in any sensible way—in any way at all really—without revealing the plots This is true of any mystery yarn no matter how wooden its characters or preposterous its dénouement”The main protagonists are Simon an older man who does not appear to be in good health for a good bit of the novel Bernard a young likeable man he runs across early on in the novel Bernard’s mother Anais who is an alcoholic and a young women Fiona and her baby Violette who seems to poop in her diapers every time Garnier makes mention of her Reviews This one is in French

  3. says:

    A delightfully dark and uirky tale about a handful of oddball characters whose paths cross after Simon an elderly vermin exterminator who's really a contract killer hires the naive Bernard to drive him to his next kill Along the way Simon is introduced to Bernard's alcoholic mum failed shop owner Anais and Bernard's first ever lover the feisty single mum Fiona and her baby daughter and poop machine extraordinaire Violette Later Simon becomes embroiled in a not uite forgettable one night stand with retired taxidermist and hopeless romantic Rose For a few hours afterwards he contemplates retirement and a cosy future with RoseOh and now and then Simon shoots peopleFor reasons which will become clear the book's ending is given away in the first few pages but that doesn't matter at all Just sit back and enjoy the wonderful black humour and delightful descriptions packed into this books's all too brief 160 or so pages Highly recommended

  4. says:

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThe title of this Garnier novella comes from an African greeting Rather than ask how one is doing it is their custom to ask “How’s the pain?” That sums up the tone and style of this darkly humorous tale perfectly This is my fourth Garnier book and I must say that he uses the novella style to maximum effect Precisely the correct length so that the humor remains sharp and the darkness does not overwhelm—a perfect balanceI am becoming uite a fan of Garnier He is clearly a master of the noir novella so much so that I started off by comparing him favorably to the great noir masters yet now I believe that I should stop making comparisons altogether because his voice is so distinctive and original Ironic yet realistic Darkly fatalistic yet uite funny at times Vicious and unredeemedunredeemable characters that nonetheless are sympathetic because of their understanding and acceptance of their own flawsEach Garnier work is a jewel in its own right and this is no exception

  5. says:

    25 I've been a fan of Garnier's work for a couple of years now most notably The A26 but this one was sort of a letdown Reading it before a trip and during a flight I knocked it out pretty uickly yet it didn't have the oomph I usually get from the ending of one of his novelsnovellas This is not a mandatory read for fans of his prose and action but I wouldn't say it's a total waste if you're looking for one of those uick reads that will leave you entertained mostly

  6. says:

    I went to a 'Book Spa' with a bibliophile friend and this was one of the books suggested for me I had not heard of the Author before and had no preconceived ideas on what it would be like I was hooked immediately Dark humour well observed cameos of human nature and it makes you think Very French It is a short book so hard to write without spoiler alerts I would definitely read by this author Big thanks to Lucinda from Mr B's Book Emporium for your insightful recommendation

  7. says:

    pascal garnier the prolific french author of noir fiction and children's literature both is enjoying some posthumous stateside recognition with a number of english translations how's the pain? comment va la douleur? is the tale of simon an aging hitman as he embarks upon his last job with the unintended involvement of some secondary characters the ornery and misanthropic killer's final hit turns out to be difficult than expected with moments of dark humor garnier's novel is an entertaining and diversionary read the shark was drowning its sorrows inside its glass cage it turned this way and that for no apparent reason taking no notice of the opaline jellyfish and shoals of multicoloured fish swimming out from clumps of soft seaweed there was not much to choose between auatic life and life on earth; either could be eually boring the proof was in the amphibians which had dithered between the two for thousands of years without ever making their minds up or the valium drugged crocodiles whose sleepy eyes peeked above the surface of muddy pools like simon who stood watching them all these creatures seemed to be on standby waiting for something that was always just out of reach over excited kids pressed their noses against the glass banging their horrid chubby little hands against the walls of the tanks their shrieks ruined the silence of this other world from the looks on the faces of their harassed parents it was clear many would gladly throw their offspring to the piranhas the world might well end in the same murky green waters that spawned humanity translated from the french by emily boyce

  8. says:

    I really do enjoy Garnier's work this being the seventh book I have read of his this year That also happens to be the sum total of his books that my library owns Maybe five stars is overdoing it for a 163 page paperback but the entire book is simply delicious I love his mix of noir and humourThe book is a diary of the last days of hit man Simon who gets acuainted with a few people during this critical time One is a young man who recently lost some fingers as well as his job that he hires to drive him to his last job Through him he meets the boy's alcoholic mother a young unmarried mother with a babe in arms and a lovelorn taxidermistNothing goes according to plan Sitting on a beach watching a wounded seagull flail Tired of flapping around it sat on a rock and waited for a miracle that would never come In which part of Africa was it that people greeted each other every morning with the uestion 'How's the pain?' Simon could no longer rememberLibrary Loan

  9. says:

    like a Simenon noir eg Black Snow and not just because it is set in France with some Belgium thing going on too It is as dark and violent and God less but funnier and messier Not as thrilling maybe or as bone chilling and with less complex characters I prefer the tightness of Simenon here the writing is full of similes some surely taking the piss in one a man bounces off across the beach like a tennis ball and in the next chapter someone else bounces off like a beachball and often awkwardly memorable knees like banister knobs But there's no pause in the narrative; if I may join in the figure of speech fun it drives straight towards the brick wall of death at full speed I enjoyed it thoroughly

  10. says:

    The translated title is How's The Pain? A great title for this book which comes from an African country who greet each other with these words I fear I am getting a bit addicted to these noir novels I chose The Devil All The Time as my favourite book of 2012 I urge you not to read the blurb on the back unless you do so now and forget about it when you get round to reading it It's an innocent sort of blackness that works for this novel Ordinary characters surround the protagonist and again that makes the idea of the novel work so well Shades of the great Dan Rhodes books and a bit of Long Midnight of Barney Thompson I will search out Garnier and certainly noir

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