Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot by Carl-Johan Vallgren
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. As he tells the story of Hercules' bizarre and colourful life, which leads him from the bordello of his birth to a travelling freak show and then a Jesuit monastery and an asylum, Vallgren paints a magical picture of nineteenth-century Europe. This picaresque fable is filled with curiosities but is, at its heart, an extraordinary and unforgettable love story.
 

About Carl-Johan Vallgren

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Carl-Johan Vallgren is the author of eight novels; this is the first to be translated into English. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden.
 
Published May 13, 2005 by Harvill Press. 384 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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From his sanctuary, then, he’s wrenched, as peasants storm the gates to eject the “monster.” His picaresque quest unfolds, harrowing adventure after adventure, all in service of his heart’s longing for Henriette.

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The Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot, His Wonderful Love and His Terrible Hatred by Carl-Johan Vallgren translated by Paul and Veronica Britten-Austin 282pp, Harvill, £12.99 Two children are born to prostitutes.

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