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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Gallic Books (12 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908313498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908313492
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14.6 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pascal Garnier 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. His noirs are published in English by Gallic Books.

Praise for Pascal Garnier:

'A brilliant exercise in grim and gripping irony, it makes you grin as well as wince.' The Sunday Telegraph

'Often bleak, often funny and never predictable.' The Observer

'Garnier's take on the frailty of life has a bracing originality.' The Sunday Times

'For those with a taste for Georges Simenon or Patricia Highsmith, Garnier's recently translated oeuvre will strike a chord.' The Independent

'This is tough, bloody stuff, but put together with a cunning intelligence.' The Sunday Times

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'Tense, strange, disconcerting and slyly funny ... richly satisfying' -- The Sunday Times
'The final descent into violence is worthy of J G Ballard. 4 stars' -- The Independent
'Combines a sense of the surreal with a ruthless wit.' --The Observer

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

'A mixture of Albert Camus and JG Ballard' -- --Financial Times

Garnier (1949-2010) packs humor, insights into aging, and a darkly pessimistic assessment of mankind into this slender crime novel --Publishers Weekly

'A mixture of Albert Camus and JG Ballard' --Financial Times

About the Author

Pascal Garnier was born in Paris in 1949. The prize-winning author of over sixty books, he remains a leading figure in contemporary French literature, in the tradition of Georges Simenon. He died in 2010.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Aug 2013
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A short but beautiful and quirky read, "Moon in a Dead Eye" follows a group of elderly people as they move into a gated community, hoping for the good life in the sun. Unfortunately it doesnt quite live up to expectations - as a new build there are only two couples and one single lady living there - and the social activities advertised are not forthcoming as hoped. A social secretary finally arrives and things begin to look up. But of course, with a tight knit group such as this there are always going to be unseen tensions...

I adored this book but I am finding it quite difficult to say why exactly. It was just, well, GOOD! It kind of meanders along as you get to know each individual person and their foibles, and a lot of the book is really just how they settle in, react to each other and to their new surroundings and what they do to pass the time. The author however somehow manages to impart a sense of something is hovering just beneath the surface that you can't quite put your finger on. Ok so the caretaker is a somewhat sinister character but that in and of itself is not all of it. So I'd say its clever writing. Pascal Garnier definitely had an eye to the ironic...and he also managed a fair bit of humour.. still you felt all the way through that perhaps something was coming.

Was something coming? Well you will have to read it to find out. And I would say do so if you want something a little different and unexpected, but also purely for the genius of the writing. The turn of phrase and the way it flows is terrific. Perhaps not a book I would normally have picked up I am grateful to the publisher for sending me a copy to review. Otherwise I might have missed out and that would NEVER do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 18 Aug 2013
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The latest of Garnier's works to be published in English is as delightful as the rest. Another reviewer has used the word "quirky" which is a perfect description but for me it is the author's humanity that shines through. None of his books I have read so far concern what you may call obvious characters or plotlines but whereas other authors, dare I say especially American ones, will take ages and use way too many words to get to the point, Garnier wastes not a word, resulting in a lean and taut novella. One further word of praise should be offered to the translator, Emily Boyce, whose work here is exemplary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MisterHobgoblin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 May 2014
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This is a bleak little novella. We visit a new gated retirement village sold on promises and goodwill. Alas, the five residents (two couples and a single lady) don't really like each other. Nor do they like M. Flesh, the caretaker. Their dislike is reciprocated. In a Ballard-esque way, the retirees gradually break down and their humanity disintegrates. Fans of High Rise and Concrete Island will enjoy Moon in a Dead Eye.

There is an inevitability to it all - you aren't reading Pascal Garnier for a love story - but it is intriguing to work pout exactly how it will all unravel. The characters are relatively straightforward although some of them only become clear towards the end. The atmosphere is done well, with a feeling of isolation and helplessness, the initial optimism that things might work out evaporating slowly. There is surprising subtlety in a work this short and the reader is left wanting more.
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