The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart (or, The Marvelous Tale of Brother Bullington)

Jeff VanderMeer • July 15th, 2009 @ 10:29 am • Culture

I just got this in the mail yesterday. You need it. Yes, you do: Jesse Bullington’s utterly outrageous, language-filthy The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart. (Some among you may remember that this blog had a small role in getting the word out about this novel pre-acceptance.)

What’s it about?

Hegel and Manfried Grossbart may not consider themselves bad men–but death still stalks them through the dark woods of medieval Europe. The year is 1364, and the brothers Grossbart have embarked on a naïve quest for fortune. Descended from a long line of graverobbers, they are determined to follow their family’s footsteps to the fabled crypts of Gyptland. To get there, they will have to brave dangerous and unknown lands and keep company with all manner of desperate travelers-merchants, priests, and scoundrels alike. For theirs is a world both familiar and distant; a world of living saints and livelier demons, of monsters and madmen. 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.

Orbit has done a marvelous job with the book–take a look (oh my–all of those f-bombs on the first page; ahm mightily offended…)

9 Responses to “The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart (or, The Marvelous Tale of Brother Bullington)”

  1. Peter says:

    fucking brilliant?

  2. Matt Staggs says:

    I’ve heard wonderful, wonderful things about this book.

  3. Alex D M says:

    Oh, the inside is pretty!

  4. kellys says:

    What an alluring object! Even if I didn’t have an interest in the story, I’d still want this to class up my bookshelf.

  5. J. T. Glover says:

    Blasphemous beauty! Consider my appetite (even further) whetted.

  6. Larry says:

    I’m looking forward to getting my copy as well! Cover looks even better when seen as it’ll appear on a book.

  7. S.J. Chambers says:

    Prepare for funtimes in the dark times!

  8. Hellbound Heart says:

    what an intriguing book…..

    peace and love…….

  9. Jesse says:

    Thanks a lot, Jeff! And everyone else! And for those concerned, it’s not all fuckwords…but there are a few.

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