|2014 DEBUT||The Man Who Laughs|
|Book Author(s)||David Hine and Mark Stafford|
|Book List Price||$19.95|
Victor Hugo’s scathing indictment of the injustice and inequality within Britain’s political system tells a story of abduction, mutilation, loss and prejudice. The narrative follows Gwynplaine, the two-year-old heir to a rebel lord, who is abducted upon the orders of a vindictive monarch, who has him mutilated (to produce a permanent, grisly smile), then abandoned. After years of living frugally he is re-introduced to the aristocratic life, and resolves to become the voice of the voiceless, whether he is heard or not.
The Man Who Laughs is a grisly tale of love, death and feudalism. Its protagonist, Gwynplaine, is the inspiration behind The Joker in Batman.
Paperback, 160pp, full color