The Confabulist

The Confabulist
Publisher Knopf Canada
Release Date
Category Fiction
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9780307400871
Rating 3.5/5 from 24 reviews
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From the beloved, award-winning, bestselling author of The Cellist of Sarajevo, a beautiful, suspense-filled novel that uses the life and sudden death of Harry Houdini to weave a magical tale of intrigue, love and illusion. The Confabulist weaves together the life, loves and murder of the world's greatest magician, Harry Houdini, with the story of the man who killed him (twice): Martin Strauss, an everyday man whose fate was tied to the magician's in unforeseen ways. A cast of memorable characters spins around Houdini's celebrity-driven life, as they did in his time: from the Romanov family soon to be assassinated, to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the powerful heads of Scotland Yard, and the Spiritualists who would use whoever they could to establish their religion. A brilliant novel about fame and ambition, reality and illusion, and the ways that love, grief and imagination can alter what we perceive and believe.

The Confabulist
  • Author : Steven Galloway
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Release Date : 2014-04-29

From the beloved, award-winning, bestselling author of The Cellist of Sarajevo, a beautiful, suspense-filled novel that uses the life and sudden death of Harry Houdini to weave a magical tale of intrigue, love and illusion. The Confabulist weaves together the life, loves and murder of the world's greatest magician, Harry

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Finnie Walsh
  • Author : Steven Galloway
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2010

"Finnie Walsh will forever remain in my daily thoughts, not only because of the shocking circumstances of his absurd demise, but because he managed to misunderstand what was truly important even though he was right about almost everything else." So begins Steven Galloway's critically acclaimed first novel. The story is

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The Cellist of Sarajevo
  • Author : Steven Galloway
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release Date : 2009-02-24

This brilliant novel with universal resonance tells the story of three people trying to survive in a city rife with the extreme fear of desperate times, and of the sorrowing cellist who plays undaunted in their midst. One day a shell lands in a bread line and kills twenty-two people

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Hellgoing
  • Author : Lynn Coady
  • Publisher : House of Anansi
  • Release Date : 2013-07-15

Winner of the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Selected as an Amazon.ca Best Book and for The Globe's Top 10 Books of 2013. With astonishing range and depth, Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Lynn Coady gives us nine unforgettable new stories, each one of them grabbing

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Ascension
  • Author : Steven Galloway
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release Date : 2011-07-27

The acclaimed author of Finnie Walsh turns from small-town hockey to the extraordinary intrigues of circus life during the heyday of the Big Top through the story of Salvo Ursari, undisputed master of the high wire. As the novel opens, it is the summer of 1976. Salvo is 66 years old and

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The Prison Book Club
  • Author : Ann Walmsley
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2015-09-22

A daring journalist goes behind bars to explore the redemptive power of books with bikers, bank robbers, and gunmen An attack in London left Ann Walmsley unable to walk alone down the street, and shook her belief in the fundamental goodness of people. A few years later, when a friend

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Saving Houdini
  • Author : Michael Redhill
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2014-05-20

FINALIST FOR THE SILVER BIRCH AWARD Dashiel Woolf should be ecstatic for the chance to meet his hero, the Great Houdini, not long before the famous magician’s untimely death in 1926. But Dash is far more concerned about getting home—because home is 85 years in the future. Sent back in

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The Man from Beyond  A Novel
  • Author : Gabriel Brownstein
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2005-09-17

From the winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, a debut novel featuring Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is April 1922. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle arrives in New York on a spiritualist crusade. To packed houses at Carnegie Hall, he displays photographs of ghosts and spirits; of female mediums

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The Secret Life of Houdini
  • Author : William Kalush,Larry Sloman
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2008-09-04

Using exclusive access to newly uncovered archives, Kalush and Sloman reveal the clandestine agreements in which the British and Americans recruited Houdini to be an active secret agent. In exchange for his cooperation, the governments of these two countries facilitated his rise to the top of the world stage. The

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The Long Hello
  • Author : Cathie Borrie
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-01-06

A stirring memoir of a daughter caring for a mother with dementia that is sure to become a touchstone for many others. The Long Hello explores the emotional rewards and challenges that Cathie Borrie experienced in caring for her mother, who was living with Alzheimer’s disease, for seven years.

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Circle of Betrayal
  • Author : Jacqueline Simon Gunn
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date : 2015-11-11

She loved him, then hated him, but did she kill him? Forensic psychology student Kadee Carlisle never believed in love at first sight. Beautiful and bold, with a flair for neurotic intellectualizing and internal banter, she thought she was destined to spend her life alone. A cynic at heart, her

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The Illusion of Separateness
  • Author : Simon Van Booy
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2013-06-11

In The Illusion of Separateness, award-winning author Simon Van Booy tells a harrowing and enchanting story of how one man’s act of mercy during World War II changed the lives of strangers, and how they each discover the astonishing truth of their connection. Whether they are pursued by Nazi

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Kidding Ourselves
  • Author : Joseph T. Hallinan
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2014-05-20

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Why We Make Mistakes, an illuminating exploration of human beings’ astonishing ability to deceive themselves. To one degree or another, we all misjudge reality. Our perception—of ourselves and the world around us—is much more malleable than we realize. This self-deception

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Sweetland  A Novel
  • Author : Michael Crummey
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2015-01-19

The epic tale of an endangered Newfoundland community and the struggles of one man determined to resist its extinction. The scarcely populated town of Sweetland clings to the shore of a remote Canadian island. Its slow decline has finally reached a head, with the mainland government offering each islander a

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Electric Flesh
  • Author : Christophe Claro,Claro
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2006

Convinced that he is the illegitimate grandchild of Harry Houdini, unemployed electric chair executioner Howard Hordinary is tormented by multiple perversities throughout his attempt to restore his status, an endeavor marked by carnies, scientists, and his would-be progenitor's obsessive life. Original.

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