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The Warhound and the World's Pain

(1981)
(The first book in the Von Bek Family series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
World Fantasy Best Novel (nominee)
This is the story of Ulrich von Bek, a cynical mercenary who sells his skills as a soldier in the wars taking place all over Europe. After a particularly horrific destruction of a city in which he played a role, von Bek decides to desert the military company he was working for and travel alone for awhile before seeking further employment. On his solo journe, he happens upon a castle where he takes refuge and then falls in love with the keeper of the castle, the beautiful Sabrina. It is in this castle that he meets Lucifer, the master of Hell, and finds out that his soul is already destined for Hell. And so, in exchange for his soul, von Bek agrees to go on a quest for Lucifer, namely to find the Cure for the World's Pain. This quest is also known as the Search for the Holy Grail. And the quest is the driving force of the story.


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Hardback Editions

September 1982 : UK Hardback
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Title: The War Hound and the World's Pain
Author(s): Michael Moorcock
ISBN: 0-450-04912-4 / 978-0-450-04912-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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October 1981 : USA Hardback
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Title: The War Hound and the World's Pain
Author(s): Michael Moorcock
ISBN: 0-671-43708-9 / 978-0-671-43708-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Timescape Books
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Paperback Editions

May 1989 : UK Paperback
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Title: The War Hound and the World's Pain
Author(s): Michael Moorcock
ISBN: 0-450-05603-1 / 978-0-450-05603-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: New English Library Ltd
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January 1985 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Warhound and the World's Pain
Author(s): Michael Moorcock
ISBN: 0-671-60409-0 / 978-0-671-60409-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket
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November 1982 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The War Hound and the World's Pain
Author(s): Michael Moorcock
ISBN: 0-671-83412-6 / 978-0-671-83412-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket
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Kindle Editions

December 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Warhound and the World's Pain
Author(s): Michael Moorcock
Publisher: Gateway
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