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The Horrific Sufferings of the Mind Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot

(2005)
His Wonderful Love And His Terrible Hatred
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On a stormy night in 1813, a doctor is called to the aid of two prostitutes in childbirth. To one is born a healthy girl, Henriette, to the other, what can only be described as a monster: a boy, Hercules, deaf-mute and hideously deformed, and with the power to read minds. This is a picaresque fable of the love that grows between Hercules and Henriette during their childhood, and which will entwine their fates for ever. Vallgren paints a cast of grotesques in a magical and atmospheric tour of nineteenth-century Europe: the swags and tails of the bordello, where Hercules is born; the phantasmagoria of the freak show, with which he travels; the sinister grandeur of the Jesuit monasteries, in which he finds both shelter and peril; the squalor of the asylum, where he finds only pain. The Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-reading Monster Hercules Barefoot tells of social oppression, official corruption and religious persecution, but is, at its heart, a marvellous love story. Moving, uplifting, at times dark and macabre, this novel stretches the bounds of imagination, presenting the bizarre as the everyday and leading you through it like a child, wide-eyed in wonder at a carnival. But though filled with curiosities, it is nevertheless a very human story of love, hate and raw emotion, and is the most extraordinary book you will read this year.

Genre: Fantasy

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Hardback Editions

April 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot: His Wonderful Love and His Terrible Hatred
Author(s): Carl-Johan Vallgren
ISBN: 0-06-084199-0 / 978-0-06-084199-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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April 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Horrific Sufferings of the Mind Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot: His Wonderful Love and His Terrible Hatred
Author(s): Carl-Johan Vallgren
ISBN: 1-84343-151-3 / 978-1-84343-151-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Press
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Paperback Editions

March 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot: His Wonderful Love and His Terrible Hatred
Author(s): Carl-Johan Vallgren
ISBN: 0-06-084214-8 / 978-0-06-084214-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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April 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Horrific Sufferings Of The Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot: His Wonderful Love and his Terrible Hatred: Monster Hercules Barefoot, His Wonderful Love and Terrible Hatred
Author(s): Carl-Johan Vallgren
ISBN: 0-09-946439-X / 978-0-09-946439-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

October 2011 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Horrific Sufferings Of The Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot: His Wonderful Love and his Terrible Hatred
Author(s): Carl-Johan Vallgren
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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