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The Sad Tale Of The Brothers Grossbart

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5th November 2009

Price: £12.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781841497839

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In the plague-wracked and devil-haunted darkness of Medieval Europe, an elite few enjoy opulent lives while the majority eke out a miserable existence in abject poverty. Hungry creatures stalk the deep woods and desolate mountains, and both sea and sky teem with unspeakable horrors. For those ill-fated masses not born into wealth, life is but a vicious trial to be endured before the end of days.

Hegel and Manfried Grossbart could give a toss. Being of low birth means little, after all, when the riches of the mighty wait just inside the next crypt. The grave-robbing twins know enough about crusading to realise that if one is to make a living from the dead, what better destination than the fabled tomb-cities of Egypt?

But the Brothers Grossbart are about to discover that all legends have their truths, and worse fates than death await those who would take the red road of villainy . . .


Jeff VanderMeer
Darkly funny, profane, erudite, bawdy, and wickedly original, Jesse Bullington's The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart marks the debut of an amazing new talent. I loved it
Guardian ‘This is a tale grimmer than the grimmest of the Grimms, redolent of blood, excrement, vomit and putrefaction … As the antithesis of conventional fantasy, this is a tour de force’
A pair of the vilest, meanest, most murderous thugs ever to grace the pages of a fantasy novel ... This is not for the faint-hearted or the queasy - imagine Tarantino crossed with Rabelais
‘The mix of grimmer-than-Grimm fairy tale tropes […] and medieval history is striking and often funny’
‘Raucous, lewd, and grisly’