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Publication date
12th September 2016


Gallic Books


Extent (number of pages)
160 pp

Emily Boyce & Jane Aitken



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US publication date
13th September 2016




The Eskimo Solution

(La Solution Esquimau)


A struggling writer’s crime novel is spilling over into his own life…

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‘It’s the story of forty-something Louis – a nice guy, but broke – who kills his mother for the inheritance…’

A children’s writer rents a house on the Normandy coast where he plans to write his first crime novel. There, away from his love life, his editor and his friends, he’ll be free to pen the story of Louis, who after killing his mother, is inspired to relieve his friends of their own burdensome elderly relatives.

But even far away from everything he knows, distractions seem to find their way to his door: from his lovable elderly neighbours, to his girlfriend’s tearaway teenage daughter. And somehow, events from his life appear to overlap with those of his imagination…

‘Garnier’s prose is brisk and occasionally dazzling, whipping by so fast you barely have time to register its warped, unholy mindset sucking you in. Ten years after its French publication, The Eskimo Solution’s chilling treatise of the economics of slaughter is more timely than ever.’ Crime Scene
‘This elegant little novel is a gem (…) It’s short, sleek, beautifully written and well translated. I’m hunting for more Garnier books. You will, too.’  The Globe and Mail
The Eskimo Solution is a good, enjoyable read — and probably a good introduction to Garier’s work.’ The Complete Review
‘Black humour with Hitchcockian suspense.’ Crime Fiction Lover
‘Bleak, funny, unpredictable, The Eskimo Solution is tremendously enjoyable.’ Book Glutton
At times I was reminded of the existentialism of Albert Camus that is combined with something of a detective story by Garnier and I must admit that I have never read anything like this before. Because I felt provoked as I read, I feel that the novel has a great deal to say and I am still thinking about it.’ Amos Lassen Reviews
‘A bizarrely addictive and screwball read.’ Little Bookness Lane
‘At the edge between fiction and reality, Garnier’s novel within a novel invites his readers to rethink morality. Where provocative and noir meet.’ Words and Peace
‘An atmospheric piece of noir storytelling.’ Literary Flits
‘It’s both welcoming and disturbing—a story that is easy to get into and stay with, yet one that also messes with your head. It’s bleak in a knowing and darkly humorous way.’ Criminal Element
‘Funny and dark at the same time’ Winstonsdad’s Blog
‘It is dark, very very dark, and it is bleak. But it is also amusing, in a way that almost leaves you feeling guilty for being amused, I mean the man is a serial killer – what can possibly be amusing about that?’ Hungry for Thillers to Read
‘If you’re a Garnier fan as I am (and this is novel number 9) you won’t be able to resist The Eskimo Solution.’ His Futile Preoccupations

Emily Boyce is a translator and editor. Her translation of A Long Way Off by Pascal Garnier was runner up for the 2021 Scott Moncrieff Prize.

Jane Aitken studied history at St Anne’s College, Oxford. She is a publisher and translator from the French.

Pascal Garnier

Meet 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 i…

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