The Man Who Laughs



ISBN: 9781906838584 Category:

Victor Hugo


The Man Who Laughs (first published in 1869) is Victor Hugo’s scathing indictment of the injustice and inequality within Britain’s political system. It is the story of Gwynplaine, the two-year-old heir to a rebel lord, who is abducted upon the orders of a vindictive monarch, and whose face is mutilated into a permanent grisly grin, then abandoned. After years of living in poverty, Gwynplaine is reintroduced to the aristocratic life and resolves to become the voice of the voiceless – whether he is heard or not. Author David Hine and artist Mark Stafford introduce Hugo’s classic to a new generation of fans in this graphic-novel adaptation of abduction, mutilation, loss, and prejudice.

Additional information

Weight 456 g
Dimensions 16.8 x 24 cm
Publisher name Self Made Hero
Publication date 1 June 2013
Number of pages 160
Format Other book format
Contributors Illustrated by Mark Stafford
Dimensions 16.8 x 24 cm
Weight 456 g


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Victor Hugo (1802-1885) was one of the most prominent French writers and political figures of the 19th century. David Hine has worked in comics since the 1980s, and has written Batman for DC Comics, as well as Spider-Man and X-Men for Marvel Comics. He lives in London. Mark Stafford is a cartoonist-in-residence at the Cartoon Museum in London. He has collaborated with Costa award-winning Bryan Talbot on Cherubs! He lives in London.