A Long Way Off: Shocking, Hilarious and Poignant Noir

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Gallic Books
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5.0 X 7.7 X 0.4 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author

Pascal Garnier, who died in March 2010, 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 from ordinary provincial life. Though his writing is often very dark in tone, it sparkles with quirkily beautiful imagery and dry wit. Garnier's work has been likened to the great thriller writer, Georges Simenon.Emily Boyce is a translator and editor. She was shortlisted for the French Book Office New Talent in Translation Award in 2008, the French-American Translation Prize in 2016, and the Scott Moncrieff Prize in 2021. She lives in London.


'Taut, unsettling . . . a vein of wild humor runs through the gray' New York Times Book Review

'Plays out like an existential fever dream' Wall Street Journal

'He manages to top himself just when you think things can't get more outrageous... Yet another disturbingly enjoyable Garnier novel' Complete Review

'This is Noir with a capital 'N' as Pascal Garnier shows how it should be done' The Book Magnet

'This tiny little gem of a novel... is a mind-blowing masterpiece' Bookgasm

Praise for Pascal Garnier

'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, New York Review of Books

'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

'Deliciously dark ... painfully funny' Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

'Brief, brisk, ruthlessly entertaining ... Garnier makes bleakness pleasurable' John Powers, NPR

'Worthy of J. G. Ballard. 4 stars' The Independent

'Combines a sense of the surreal with a ruthless wit' The Observer

'Reminiscent of Joe Orton and the more impish films of Alfred Hitchcock and Claude Chabrol' Sunday Times

'Tense, strange, disconcerting and slyly funny' Sunday Times

'A mixture of Albert Camus and J. G. Ballard' Financial Times

'Bleak, often funny and never predictable' The Observer

'A master of the surreal noir thriller - Luis Buñuel meets Georges Simenon' Times Literary Supplement

'A jeu d'esprit of hard-boiled symbolism, with echoes of Raymond Chandler, T.S. Eliot and the Marx Brothers' Wall Street Journal

'A perfectly balanced cross between a thriller and a social document' L'Express

'A guaranteed grisly thriller' ShortList

'Arch and lyrical ... a funny and outlandish story' Crime Thriller Fella

'Garnier's main theme - the banality of a bourgeois existence - is a common one, although never, in my experience, has it been dealt with so succinctly ... a clever piece of literary noir' Killing Time Crime

'Combining the style of Simenon with the visual imagination and humour of the Coen Brothers, there is much to recommend these novellas. They are small works of literary genius, and I would urge you to discover them for yourselves' Raven Crime Reads

'If you appreciate Georges Simenon's romans durs, i.e. his harder, edgier novels, Garnier is your boy ... He routinely tosses off penetrating philosophical truths like they're afterthoughts, as the French do so well. There's dark humor in these short novels, lots of apparently arbitrary brutality that's all the more chilling due to its seeming randomness, colourful characters, and some lines and passages that hit such a deep place, you just have to put the book down and reflect for a while after reading them' Criminal Element