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The Confabulist

by Steven (Author) Galloway

The Confabulist Synopsis

How much of our lives is real and how much is an illusion? The world's gaze is focussed on the feats and daring of the amazing Harry Houdini, while not a soul is aware of down-and-out Martin Strauss. However, Strauss' fate is inextricably linked with the magician's, and as Houdini continues to rise, and Strauss continues to fall, their lives will converge in spectacular and devastating fashion... At once entertaining and suspenseful, historically rich and cleverly told, The Confabulist is an novel of magic and memory, truth and illusion, and the ways that love, hope, grief, and imagination can - for better or for worse - alter what we perceive and what we believe.

The Good Book Guide Review

Harry Houdini was a man of mystery – perhaps the most famous magician of all, a master of illusion and trickery. This colourful tale reveals the reality and illusion behind Houdini’s life and the inextricable link he has with Martin Strauss, the man who claimed to have killed him, twice. As we move back and forth between the past and present, Houdini’s eventful career is laid before us, with the many strands that make up this enigmatic character – his obsession in spiritualism, his relationship with his mother, his turbulent marriage and his indiscretions When a woman claiming to be Houdini’s daughter, visits Martin after the magician’s death, wanting information on her father, Strauss is compelled to unburden himself. Totally absorbing and exciting – Galloway’s fabulous tale throws new light on a much-loved character in a story that grips us to the very last page with a dramatic twist as surprising as the man himself.

The Confabulist Press Reviews

A brilliant novel, and one that virtually demands multiple readings to pick up all the subtleties (especially concerning the end of the book, and enough said about that). * Booklist * Fabulous . . . A page-turner you'll want to read twice. * Reader's Digest * Galloway's story has a big trick up its sleeve, but his talent is no illusion. * More * A beautifully wrought novel about the grip of illusion and the way we tell ourselves stories to seek redemption, or forgiveness at the very least * The Washington Post *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782393993
Publication date: 7th August 2014
Author: Steven (Author) Galloway
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Steven (Author) Galloway

Steven Galloway lives in British Columbia and teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of The Cellist of Sarajevo.

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