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Black Lung HC
Published by Fantagraphics Books
128p, b&w, hardcover, 9"x12"
"In a night of piratical treachery when an arrogant school teacher is accidentally
shanghaied aboard the frigate Hand, his fate becomes inextricably fettered
to that of a sardonic gangster. Dependent on one another for survival in their strange and dangerous new home,
the two form an unlikely alliance as they alternately elude or confront the thieves and cutthroats that bad luck has
made their companions and captors. After an act of terrible violence, the teacher is brought before the ship’s captain
and instructed to use his literary skills to aid him in writing his memoirs. He is to serve as scribe for a man who, in
his remaining years, has made it his mission to commit as many acts of evil as possible in order to ensure that he meet
his dead wife in hell. As the captain’s protected confidant, finding his only comfort in the few books afforded him, the
teacher bears witness to monstrous brutality, relentless cruelty, strange wisdom, and a journey of redemption through
loss of faith."