“Truth is Stranger than fiction. But De Rougemont is stranger than both”
– The Wide World Magazine June 1899
Received an advance copy of the new book today. I’m thrilled.
Painting Louis’s entertaining tall tales was an artist’s dream. Creating whimsical fish with hairy moustaches, witty flying wombats and a hilarious scene with cannibals was out the normal spectrum of my subject matter.
I tried to imagine Louis de Rougemont’s tall tales could be true. In the process of creating the art I found myself, like many others, struck by the charm of one of history’s colourful characters – a loveable dreamer-a master of “beautiful lies”.
Note from the Author: Mark Greenwood
The Greatest Liar on Earth is a tale of shipwreck, catastrophe and miraculous events.
But beneath the surface it’s the ‘true story’ of an unusual character, perhaps an overly enthusiastic dreamer, perhaps a charlatan, who is forced to confront the consequences of his storytelling.
There was a time when his incredible tales took audiences to places they could only imagine. His popularity grew as people turned to his adventures to enrich their lives. Dignitaries were struck by his charm. He was overwhelmed by invitations to lecture from every corner of the globe.
In later years, when he was disgraced as a charlatan, Louis earned a meager living telling stories to anyone who will listen.
In The Greatest Liar on Earth we are left to ask – after we have been entertained by a ripping yarn – does it matter if it is actually true or not?
Walker Books Australia: imminent release
Candlewick Press USA : Release Date: October 2012
See the Trailer. Click here.