How’s the Pain? by Pascal Garnier (Mr B’s Limited Edition)
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The perfect introduction to the novellas of French noir master, Pascal Garnier – which is why we are celebrating it with our very own Mr B’s exclusive limited edition, with a Stanley Donwood designed cover. Young Bernard embarks on a life changing road trip across France, with Simon, his new employer. Simon hasn’t been completely honest about what he does for a living – but over the course of the journey, Bernard will find out the truth. A cast of memorable characters (including Bernard’s tragicomic mother); a generous helping of black humour and a touch of romance can be found amongst the inevitable death or two.
This special hardback edition of Pascal Garnier’s “How’s the Pain?” is limited to 750 copies and is a collaboration between Mr B’s and independent publisher Gallic Books in London. It features a specially commissioned cover from artist and Garnier super-fan Stanley Donwood, who has also written an introduction for this edition.
In “How’s the Pain?”, young Bernard embarks on a life-changing road-trip across France, but his new employer, Simon, may have neglected to mention what he actually does for a living. There’s humour and tenderness mixed in with the carnage and a cast of unforgettable characters. This novella is so packed with arresting moments, subtle nuances and startling sentences – it’s impossible that anything could have been lost in translation.
Our special edition also includes a Mr B’s guide to the works of Pascal Garnier. At Mr B’s we have created a whole legion of Pascal Garnier addicts. Regardless of the sort of books that they normally reach for each time Gallic books have released a new Garnier title, they have swarmed in, keen for their next fix of this amazing French noir writer’s work. One never seems to enough and although there’s always the guarantee of a death somewhere along the way, the when, how – and sometimes how many – is always deliciously unexpected.
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