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Den vidunderliga kärlekens historia
Original title: Den vidunderliga kärlekens historia
Original publication: Albert Bonniers Förlag
Genre: General Fiction
The Horrific Sufferings of  the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot, His Wonderful Love and His Terrible Hatred

Hercules Barefoot was born in 1813 in a brothel in Königsberg.  He is born deaf-mute and hideously deformed, a dwarf, but endowed with a rare gift: He can read people’s minds.

Above all this is the tale of a singular and moving love story. Hercule never forgets Henriette, the girl he grew up with. After they are separated he looks for her all over Europe, never completely giving up hope.

The reader follows his search for Henriette, which takes him to convents and mental hospitals, to the Vatican and to vaudeville theatres, while also offering an insight into the development of a language for deaf people.

Above all this is the tale of a singular and moving love story. Hercule never forgets Henriette, the girl he grew up with. After they are separated he looks for her all over Europe, never completely giving up hope.


REVIEWS

“Dostoevsky’s Prince Myshkin and Jerzy Kosinski’s Chauncy Gardener are Hercules’s literary forebears; he joins them as an unforgettable hero, an unsettling miracle-worker whose path to love is filled with incredible pain. A truly fantastic tale of a heartbreaking saint.

-Kirkus Review

“Sensational… Vallgren has a superb talent for pastiche and makes witty and convincing cameos of the infamous and the great

-Financial Times

“A picaresque, grotesque and magical novel.

-The Guardian

RIGHTS SOLD

Bulgarian rights sold to Prozoretz.

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German rights sold to Insel

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